Church separation shouldn’t invite secular tyranny

Freedom Newspapers Many Americans seem to invoke a double standard on the question of when it is appropriate for religious groups or leaders to weigh in on matters of politics and public policy. When a “reverend” this or a “father” that attempts to lend moral authority to a cause with which liberals agree, it’s not […]

Gross receipts revenue up from last year

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer For the moment, Portales city officials can breath a sigh of relief after early numbers from the gross receipt taxes have not been affected by the elimination of the food tax. The food tax was eliminated from New Mexico after Gov. Bill Richardson and legislators passed a bill through […]

Bill to bring revenue to Portales

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A bill waiting for Gov. Richardson’s signature will bring additional revenue to Portales in the form of a compensating tax on purchases from out-of-state businesses. Members of the New Mexico Municipal League outlined the bill during an informational meeting Monday at the Memorial Building. Under the proposal a tax […]

Legislature vicious in final few hours

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The battleground was the floor of the New Mexico Legislature, and according to one area representative, the battle was viscous. Lawmakers thrashed through hundreds of bills over the last 60 days, but some of the most recognizable issues —including a bed tax credit and capital outlay requests — weren’t resolved […]

Nursing home residents caught in middle of bed tax battle

By Mike Linn A battle between state and federal governments over a bed tax is putting nursing home residents in the middle. At stake is a nearly $9 a day tax on all occupied nursing home beds in the state. The tax was instituted in 2004 in hopes of drawing extra Medicaid funding. But the […]

Brooks, Garrett take school district wins

By Kevin Wilson Winners in both of Portales’ school board district elections took comfortable victories, and a double mill levy passed for Dora schools. Alan Garrett won by 25 votes in District 3, while incumbent David Brooks held on in District 4 by a 33-vote margin. Totals in District 3 were 68 votes for Garrett, […]

New bonuses, pitfalls for taxpayers in 2005

By David Irvin A new tax season often means new tax laws. This year is no exception. There are a number of changes that may assist taxpayers in filing their taxes and may qualify some for larger deductions and less taxes. IRS Spokesperson Bill Brunson said this year’s changes are just business as usual. There […]

Sustaining budget a big priority

By David Irvin Sustaining the state budget will be a central topic when the New Mexico Legislature convenes for its 60-day session Tuesday. Local legislators said inflating health care costs and problems with financing Medicaid have become an increased burden to the state and its budget. The question of whether the budget and future budgets […]

Tax changes to create new budget balancing

By Tony Parra New Mexicans are now free to purchase groceries without a tax, but it simply means they have to pay a higher tax for everything else. Portales residents may need to take another look at their receipts after they purchase groceries since the tax cut was imposed on Saturday. The gross receipt tax […]

Tuesday the only day to file for school board

PNT Staff PNT Staff Roosevelt County residents will have their only opportunity to file for a school board member position on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The school board elections will take place in February, according to Joyce Fraze, Roosevelt County clerk. Those from Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd who want to declare […]