Area officials share new year goals

Benna Sayyed While today brings the promise of a new year, it also brings a year of new promises. Less eating, spending and complaining. More working out, saving money and helping others. We asked area officials what they hope to hold themselves to for 2012.

Year in review: Tax dollars in spotlight

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File photo Renovations on the Hotel Clovis began in October. The $12.8 million project is expected to to completed by December 2012. Political conservatives calling themselves High Plains Patriots forced two elections hoping to overrule city of Clovis spending plans. One failed — the city was allowed to implement a tax hike to help fund […]

McGee: Christmas gatherings can get weird

It looks like The Lady of the House and I will be spending Christmas Day without family. So we’ll just be hanging around the house in our “Watchin’-TV-and-eatin’” clothes. I love seeing the kinfolk, but sometimes it’s good to just have a quiet Christmas. Because you know, sometimes when family shows up things can get […]

Press release: Bingaman talks spending bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reporters about a variety of issues. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman101711m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman says the Senate this week will take up a spending bill that funds the U.S. Departments of […]

Government can’t create jobs with spending

Hope that President Barack Obama had come up with a brilliant means of creating jobs — something big enough to warrant a joint session of Congress — was dashed after Thursday’s salesman-like pitch for another round of massive stimulus spending. Obama cannot create jobs and is likely to cause more debt. Mitt Romney and Rick […]

Cut in spending should be focus of budget deal

Freedom New Mexico This weekend, debt-ceiling wrangling in Washington remained stuck — a hash of politics (proposals are tied to 2012 election impact); ideology and principle (the rich should pay more; spending should be cut; the budget must balance); an attempt to solve everything at once with every possible remedy (see “politics”) and, as always, […]

State spending cuts badly needed

There has been considerable interest from a few Democratic legislators regarding “line-item” or partial vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez to bills appropriating money during the last legislative session. In one case, the governor vetoed a $128 million tax increase on New Mexico businesses. In the other, she trimmed $100,000 from a housing oversight program. These […]

Our people: Former farmer stays busy

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Courtesy photo Longtime Clovis resident and retiree Don Reid said he’s busier now than he ever was. Clovis resident Don Reid is a self-declared house husband. In his retirement, he spends his time working around the house, visiting hospitals and retirement homes, spending time with his grandchildren, teaching a men’s non-denominational Bible class and going […]

Budget delays harming readiness

Defense officials are shaking their heads in disbelief as congressional leaders continue to delay passing a wartime defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011, which began last October. With the military spending bill now more than five months overdue, lawmakers last week passed a new stopgap “continuing resolution,” this “CR” to last two weeks, so […]

Press release: Bingaman discusses spending bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today discussed a variety of issues with New Mexico radio reporters, including negotiations on a spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the year. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman030111.mp3 0:00 Bingaman discusses two […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Proposals won’t ease economic spending woes

Freedom New Mexico Three stimulus proposals announced over the Labor Day weekend by President Barack Obama are a curious stew. It’s possible the administration finally realizes that taxes have economic consequences. But the proposals may be too little to stimulate reticent businesses, fearful of expanding or investing because of monumental tax landmines that lie ahead, […]

Curbing government spending starts at ballot box

Freedom Newspapers April 15 — traditionally the most dreaded day of the year since it’s the deadline for filing income tax returns or extension requests — has past. The pain we all feel from heavy taxation remains. This caused the populist Tea Party movement to arise last year. Hundreds of thousands of people rose up […]

Economic recovery begins by spending locally

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist Having gone online this morning, I find that I can replace my old Flexible Flyer sled — the one with the wooden bed and the metal runners — by mail order for about $130. That’s not bad, though I have no idea how it would compare to what my parents […]

Tips for holiday spending offered

By Heidi Hunt: 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — Walking through a shopping mall, it’s difficult not to notice holiday decorations, crowded stores and retailers claiming to offer the best deals of the season. Before pulling out their wallets, airmen are encouraged to keep a few things in mind to […]

Legislative cuts could mean pain for Clovis schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joyce Baker, a part-time instructor at Clovis Community College, talks about the parts of the heart in an anatomy and physiology class at the college. A 1.5 percent cut would equal about $150,000 for the college. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer A 1.5 percent cut in education spending by […]

N.M. Senators: Agriculture spending bill that supports New Mexico sent to president

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today said they are pleased a key spending bill that contains funding for key New Mexico agricultural-related projects has cleared a final hurdle and is now on its way to the president to be signed into law. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill contains $350,000 the senators […]

N.M. Senators: Senate-approved agriculture spending bill supports New Mexico

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that a key spending bill that passed the Senate today (80-17) contains funding for key New Mexico agricultural-related projects. The 2010 Agricultural Appropriations Bill contains $350,000 the senators secured for the Southern Great Plains Dairy Consortium. The funding is for New Mexico State University’s Agriculture Science […]

Bingaman voted to approve emergency spending bill

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today voted to approve legislation that contains funding for border security.

Group voices concerns about government spending at rally

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clockwise from top, Karolyn Sailer, Chris Dudley and Louis Moore sign oversized cards addressed to legislators during Wednesdays Taxed Enough Already party on Main Street. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Walter Bradley asked the crowd if they were being taxed enough already, and 400 voices shouted back, “Yes.” The […]