Richardson proposes minimum-wage increase, bed-tax repeal

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson on Tuesday called on lawmakers to increase the state’s minimum hourly wage to $7.50 over three years and repeal a tax on nursing home beds. The proposals were highlights of his state of the state speech at the opening of the Legislature’s 30-day session. Richardson outlined […]

Full repeal of death tax needs Bush’s support

Freedom Newspapers President Bush hasn’t had much luck with his plans for Social Security private accounts and guest worker program for immigration. But it appears action on another front, reducing or eliminating the estate tax, is in the offing, and that’s good. The estate tax, sometimes called the death tax, is paid by an estate […]

Charter amendments may correct language

By Michelle Seeber Two items on the March 2 election ballot have received almost no media attention and city officials have put little effort into promoting them. That’s because the charter amendment proposals are intended only to clean up incorrect language in the city charter, officials said. Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1, an amendment to […]

Race issue in California is irrelevant

Tibor Machan I don’t know what goes through the mind of someone like California Senate leader John Burton when he makes the kind of charge he made the other day, namely that the effort to repeal the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers’ licenses was fueled by racism. “I say the issue is […]

Religion Digest

Sandia Baptist choir presents musical The adult choir of Sandia Baptist Church, 1100 W. Manana Blvd., will present the musical, “Bound for Glory,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The musical is directed by Michael Hailey, and the drama directed by Sandy Williams. Solos will be performed by Sarah Stevens, Robin Evans, Joyce Pruitt, T.J. Watson and […]

Congress should repeal unclear federal RAVE act

Remember the federal RAVE Act, which was controversial when introduced last fall, then added to the popular Amber Alert bill without hearings? It was designed to crack down on promoters of all-night music parties at which, according to drug enforcement authorities, young people like to use the drug MDMA, or “ecstasy.” Critics claimed the RAVE […]