Democratic vision means tax increases

Freedom New Mexico The temptation is to dwell on the politics in Denver, where Democrats are trying to heal wounds and bring Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters into warm embrace and striving to normalize Barack Obama in the public’s mind. We will assess those successes or failures in the coming weeks.

Hantavirus risk increases in spring

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The New Mexico Health Department announced that a 64-year-old man from Taos County died from Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) on March 6, the first case of Hantavirus in New Mexico this year. With warmer weather comes more animal activity as the animal kingdom shakes off its winter coat for springtime […]

Frail economy sign taxation has reached limit

By Freedom New Mexico For the second time in six years, President Bush proposed a tax rebate program to jump-start the economy. In fact, many analysts believe his plan actually comes too late. They fear people have gotten themselves so deep in debt that instead of using the money to buy stuff, which is the […]

City fee hikes suggested

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis wants to raise fees for city services to recoup costs incurred in providing them, according to city officials. The City Commission will vote Thursday on recommending fee increases for animal control, garbage, inspections, library and wastewater services, according to city documents. Recommended increases made […]

Federal workers see exponential wage increases

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. […]

Salary/benefits spike put leaders out of touch

Freedom Newspapers An alarming study by the libertarian Cato Institute suggests that a new class is being created in America — a government working elite with special privileges, quickly outpacing the private sector in the salaries and benefits it receives. The study found that average federal government workers’ total compensation — salary and benefits — […]

ENMU raises tuition, fees for 2006-2007

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Tuition increases at universities throughout the nation have become an annual rite of passage for college students, and Eastern New Mexico University offers no exception. The university’s board of regents approved a measure Monday to raise undergraduate tuition by $72, graduate tuition by $81 and fees by $18 for […]

Lawmakers moving to block fee increase

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Influential lawmakers are moving to block for at least a year the Defense Department’s plan to raise TRICARE fees, co-payments and deductibles for military retirees under age 65 and their family members. Rep. John McHugh, R-N.Y., chairman of the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel, and his Senate counterpart, […]

2/22 Letters to the editor

Sheriff needs to rearrange his priorities Whenever I read a news story in which a New Mexico sheriff is whining about lack of funding or support (“Gap in sheriff coverage upsets resident,” Sunday CNJ), I have to laugh. I laugh because the sheriff either: (a) doesn’t understand the level of his or her authority (b) […]

City pay-raise plan outlined

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A possible solution was presented to fund a salary increase for city employees at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. City Manager Joe Thomas said $1.1 million is needed to fund the salary increases. The city’s revenue review committee concluded a reallocation of a tax levy, capitol outlay cuts for the […]

Issuance of $1.3 million bond approved by county

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer County Commissioners approved issuing a $1.3 million gross receipts tax revenue bond Monday to fund building an annex for the county’s adult detention center. But, County Manager Geneva Cooper said, in order to afford the bond payments — while avoiding a deficit — the commission also must pass two […]

County considers tax hike to compensate for budget deficit

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Faced with a $1.3 million shortfall in their 2004-2005 budget, Curry County commissioners voted Tuesday to consider increasing county gross receipts taxes by 3/16 of a percent. That’s about 18 cents extra per $100 sale on merchandise. Commissioners said most of the shortfall is the result of growing expenses […]