Minimum wage hike bad idea

Freedom Newspapers We applaud the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors for opposing state-lawmaker efforts to hike the minimum wage. By a vote of 8-5, with four abstentions, the board last week sent a strong message that government should not be in the business of telling private business owners what to pay their […]

Chamber votes against minimum wage increase

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce has taken an official position to oppose increase in the minimum wage, according to Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos. The decision was reached during the Chamber’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday. The current federal minimum hourly wage is $5.15. State legislators earlier […]

Raising wages will not impact poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist About a fortnight ago, Mrs. Williams alerted me to an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show titled “Inside the Lives of People Living on Minimum Wage.” After a few minutes of watching, I turned it off, not because of the heart-rending tales but because most of what was being said was […]

Legislators review session

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Sen. Stuart Ingle of R-Portales, center, talks with Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, right, and Walter Bradley, director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America Inc’s southwest area. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz Elected officials and business leaders vented frustration with the 30-day legislative session Friday over scrambled eggs and gravy […]

Wage increase would restrict growth

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average […]

Lawmakers: Wage bill would have hurt businesses

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Several area lawmakers said proposed legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage would have hurt local businesses. One of Gov. Bill Richardson’s priorities at the start of the 30-day legislative session that ended Thursday, his plan to raise the state minimum wage to $7.50 an hour, was amended and […]

Higher wage would tax school budgets

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer While it was unclear on Wednesday if lawmakers could agree on a bill to increase the minimum wage across New Mexico, the proposal could cost taxpayers more than $1 million — and that’s just counting employees of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University. Payroll at Clovis Community […]

Governor opposes new wage proposal

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a […]

Senate panel OKs wage measure

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A House-passed proposal to increase the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour over the next two years cleared a Senate panel on Saturday. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee endorsed the measure on a party-line 5-4 vote, with Republicans opposing the bill sponsored by House Speaker […]

2/12 Letters to the editor

Citizens should take responsibility for trash I am super tired of picking up other people’s trash from my yard. One of the first things I noticed when I moved to Clovis nearly 18 months ago was all the trash everywhere — in empty lots, clinging to fences, around vacated buildings. If people would not litter […]