Taxpayer group tracks cost of Obama proposals

President Barack Obama outlined a litany of proposals in his State of the Union address that he said would have a positive economic impact on the United States. As expected, his approaches would require substantial government spending, the commitment of taxpayer dollars. If Obama were successful in implementing all the programs he proposed last week, […]

Flow of illegal immigration slowing down

Freedom New Mexico Public opinion polls continue to show that strong majorities of Americans want their elected officials to crack down on illegal immigration. Furthermore, states are pushing ahead various proposals — such as requiring employers to use an E-Verify system to assure that workers they hire are in the United States legally. Yet a […]

Cost-saving proposals target VA

The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told a veterans’ group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn’t have a service-related medical condition and is not poor. Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal […]

Joint Land Use Committee to present proposals to public

The Joint Land Use Study Policy Committee on Monday approved presentation of a proposed study-area map and a list of possible actions to reduce conflicts in land and airspace use between Cannon Air Force Base and other communities. The map and suggested actions will be presented to the public in a 6 p.m. Aug. 31 […]

City officials share proposals for meeting Portales’ future water needs

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The expansion of Cannon AFB and the city budget were discussed during Tuesday’s chat with city officials, but water issues flooded most of the meeting. City officials shared with citizens several proposals to address the city’s long-term water supply needs. Portales Mayor Sharon King said Portales is currently self […]

ENMU seeking to establish solar array

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer With a possible new solar array, Eastern New Mexico University is looking to benefit the environment and save money on electricity. Vice President of Business Affairs Scott Smart said he has put out a request for proposals to construct a solar array on vacant land on Cherry Street near […]

No action yet on campaign ethics proposals

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican With the ticking of the clock on the New Mexico Legislature’s 30-day session growing louder every day, no legislative committee so far has acted on an ethics bill designed to prohibit political campaign contributions by lobbyists and contractors. The House Voters and Elections Committee on Tuesday discussed House Bill […]

Government only drives up reform costs

Freedom New Mexico Finally ending what has been one of the more excruciating legislative episodes in recent history, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the Baucus bill. It happened after months of debate and negotiation on health care legislation. Now the real battles can begin. The Baucus bill, named for committee chairman Max Baucus of […]

Highway proposals presented to council

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer State highway planners revealed options for improvements to U.S. Highway Tuesday at the Portales City Council meeting. Derek Meier of Wilson & Co. said his presentation was the next phase of the $6.75 million project. The highway splits into a pair of two-lane, one-way streets in Portales — First […]

Climate change proposals based on faulty research

It’s likely a sign of desperation that national security is increasingly invoked as an excuse for waging war on global warming. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., says global warming will create “climate refugees” and bring international conflicts. The American military, the reasoning goes, will have to intervene in massive humanitarian efforts or with force. This echoes […]