Lawmakers discuss legislative session

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Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session […]

Superintendent: Taxes won’t go up because of new school

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County officials find gross receipts taxes inconsistent

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Numbers may not lie, but right now they apparently aren’t telling anybody anything either. Officials say gross receipts tax revenues, which not only line coffers of local government but also serve as an indicator of consumer spending, have been inconsistent in recent months. December’s 12 percent drop in gross […]

Yes, we can still count on death and taxes

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s usually best for me to avoid much writing — or thinking — about the following subject. It’s just not healthy for me, and I’m fatalistic about the whole mess anyway. Alas, the monster’s long out of the box, never to be tamed. I love our country with all […]

Frail economy sign taxation has reached limit

By Freedom New Mexico For the second time in six years, President Bush proposed a tax rebate program to jump-start the economy. In fact, many analysts believe his plan actually comes too late. They fear people have gotten themselves so deep in debt that instead of using the money to buy stuff, which is the […]

Senate candidate Wilson stops in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson speaks in Portales Monday. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson made her first campaign stops in eastern New Mexico on Monday with “listening sessions” in Portales and Tucumcari. “I’m used to running tough races,” said Wilson, while introducing […]

Oct. 30, 1927

George l. Sasser purchased the Fox Drug Co. from Ivan G. Bridges. … The Clovis Wildcats football team beat the Canyon Eagles, 32-0. … George Carr, a Clovis man using the name George Lane, was taken into custody of Clovis police at the request of officers in Jacksonville, Ill., after he was alleged to have […]

Internet service tax will hinder online growth

By Freedom New Mexico Congress has an opportunity to permanently ban Internet taxes, but it had better act fast. The temporary moratorium instituted in 1998 and extended twice since then expires Nov. 1. We hope Congress has the courage to take advantage of its opportunity, but if lawmakers are tardy, prepare to see a feeding […]

Structure backbone of business

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist When a business is established or expanded, the owner must consider the legal structure. There are three main legal categories for a business structure: sole proprietorship partnership corporation A sole proprietorship is a one-person-owned business that cannot be transferred to another person. A business owner who wants the independence and […]

County taxes due today

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Today is the last day Curry County property owners can pay the second half of 2006 property taxes without interest or penalties. The first half was due Nov. 10 and taxpayers had until Dec. 10 to make on-time payments, many paying their taxes in full, according to Curry County […]

Alternative tax problem needs permanent fix

By Freedom Newspapers According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as […]

Smokers steaming over tax hike

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Beattriz Garcia retrieves cigarettes for a customer at Lowe’s in Farwell on Tuesday. According to assistant manager Barbara Rennie, “There has been no drop-off in sales, but we’ve had a lot of complaints.” (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Steve Burns is one of many eastern New Mexico residents who drove […]

Tithing may alleviate federal spending

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Last year, talk-show host Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder co-authored “The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS.” It turned out to be a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller. In 2005, the Fair Tax bill was introduced in both the U.S. House of […]

Tax rates jump for homeowners

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Curry County property tax bills are being mailed this week, and residents who purchased a home since 2005 may be in for a shock, county tax officials said. The reason: a new property assessment system based on market value. Most people who bought a house in 2005 built in […]

Fuel duel: Fire marshal ends gas war on Prince

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Gas prices dropped to 49.9 cents a gallon Wednesday at the Allsup’s at the corner of Prince Street and Llano Estacado. (Staff photo: Andy DeLislie) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a fevered gas war between rival convenience stores snarled traffic at one of the city’s busiest intersections Wednesday afternoon, Clovis Fire Marshal Allan […]

County seeks $1 million in back taxes

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers The computer printout of delinquent taxpayers in Curry County is an inch thick and 119 pages long — which constitutes roughly 1 percent of property owners. Among them, they are responsible for 10 percent of the county tax role — or a little more than $1 million. Curry County Manager […]

Estate tax burden that should be fully repealed

Freedom Newspapers Family farms and small businesses are depending on Congress to make permanent the 2001 phase-out — leading to complete repeal in 2010 — of the “death tax,” otherwise called the estate tax. The U.S. Senate will take up the measure in the next couple of weeks. Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is planning […]

No celebrations planned for taxes

Freedom Newspapers Saturday marked Tax Freedom Day for New Mexico residents, according to the non-partisan tax-education organization Tax Foundation (www.taxfoundation.org). Tax Freedom Day marks the day we’d be done paying taxes if we gave all our earnings to the government until we satisfied our annual tax debt. For the average American, that day falls on […]

Taxpayers have two extra days to file this year

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Procrastinators have two extra days to file their tax returns this year. Since the traditional April 15 filing day falls on a Saturday, the Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for most Americans to 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Jerry Carlton, U.S. Postal Service supervisor in Clovis, said the deadline […]

Public-interest agency becoming tyrannical

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Some call the people behind the Washington-D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) busybodies, but I call them wannabe tyrants. Let’s look at their agenda, which seeks greater control over our lives. Last year, CSPI filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce the […]