Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

Press release: Udall talks deficit reduction plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about President Obama’s deficit reduction plan. He also discussed his push to reinstate the Making Work Pay tax credit and theSenate’s effort to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance this week. For the audio, click here. Below is a timeline of Senator Udall’s remarks: 00:00 – […]

Zia to face Noon Optimist in state LL Majors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Los Alamos third baseman Kirk Peterson just misses the tag Saturday on Rio Rancho Sunset runner Zach Bravo during their first-round clash in the state Majors Little League tournament at Dickenson Field. CNJ staff Roswell Noon Optimist erased an eight-run deficit with 10 in the bottom of the fifth, then […]

Debt showdown: An interactive story on the federal budget (update)

Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Lawmakers prepare to tackle budget deficit

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Kevin Wilson The phrase goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The state budget shortfall will be covered by the New Mexico Legislature from Jan. 18 to March 19, because it must be by law. The way that gets done? We’ll see, veteran and rookie legislators say. “It’s going to be a tough show,” […]

Rambelles overcome deficit to beat Zias

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Camille Perkins scored 23 points and Angelo State rallied from a 10-point deficit late in the first half to beat Eastern New Mexico University 69-57 Saturday night in Lone Star Conference women’s basketball. The win keeps the Rambelles (12-12, 5-5 South) in the hunt for one of […]

Hounds earn split

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU senior Jerry Manning pitches to Southeastern Oklahoma junior Justin Miller during the opener of Friday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. Freedom New Mexico Freshman center fielder Luis Quinones, starting the second game after preseason All-American Jereme Johnson suffered a leg injury in the opener, hit a […]

County projecting $600,000 budget deficit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County is projecting a $600,000 deficit this year because of dropping tax revenue. But at $200,000 less than the budgeted deficit, it’s actually better than expected. A 5.4 percent drop in gross receipts taxes contributed to the deficit, Finance Manager Mark Lansford told commissioners Tuesday. Additionally, a loss […]

Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, […]