Texas ‘Robin Hood’ plan ruled unconstitutional

Freedom Newspapers A Texas judge has ruled the way that state funds public schools in unconstitutional. It’s up to the Texas Legislature to find a new way to pay for schools — and lawmakers need to figure out a method that won’t increase the already heavy burden on taxpayers. On Wednesday, after a six-week trial […]

Inflation forcing Americans into ‘rich’ tax category

Freedom Newspapers You could avoid getting a heavy tax gouging next year. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 333-89 for H.R. 4227, which would postpone by one year forcing 9 million more taxpayers to pay the alternative minimum tax. “The force of inflation is pushing more middle-income households into the alternative minimum tax […]

Extension a possible lifeline for taxpayers

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS If you’re among the 10 million taxpayers who won’t meet the Thursday tax-filing deadline, now is the time to ask the Internal Revenue Service for an automatic four-month extension. Portales CPA Terry Cone knows about those extensions. He is recommending people who have complicated returns to file, but haven’t met with […]

Taxpayers told secrets must be maintained

By David Stevens “Dear boss, “Yes, I understand you’d like to know more about what your employees are doing around here. I imagine you’d like to know more about how your money is being spent. I’m sure you’d like a little insight into our newsroom’s plans for the future. “But I think my staff is […]

Funding artists by government can destroy art

Freedom Newspapers Whether one wants to be practical or philosophical, President George W. Bush’s plan to dramatically increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is wrongheaded. Practically speaking, U.S. taxpayers cannot afford a 15 percent hike in a federal agency that subsidizes artists. Perhaps in the world of Washington, where money is thrown […]

Cloud seeding costing taxpayers, nature

Letters to the Editor By the newspapers in Clovis and Albuquerque, it seems cloud-seeding companies were at a water conference in Santa Fe last week trying to sell their phony scam. The news articles stated that “millions have been spent on these programs.” What the articles don’t say is that these millions come primarily from […]

Democrats need to take sides with taxpayers

One of the things to look forward to in the new year is the potential for more federal tax cuts. President Bush is expected to push Congress to enact new savings programs that rely on tax breaks to lure participants, reported Monday’s Sacramento Bee. The president is also expected to push Congress to extend the […]

Running without public funding great political step

Freedom Newspapers T he announcement that Democratic presiden- tial candidate John Kerry, following in the footsteps of front-runner Howard Dean, will give up taxpayer financing of his campaign in favor of private (or family) contributions might just mark the beginning of the end of the system of “public” funding of presidential campaigns. Taxpayers, and those […]

Editorial: Visitor’s center classic case of mismanagement

A new Visitor Center at the U.S. Capitol — under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2005 — is already telling a more accurate story of Congress than planners had hoped. The underground 580,000-square-foot facility, located on the east side of the Capitol, and intended to share the history of Congress, is symbolizing the […]