Bush pushes tax cuts at Roswell visit

Jack King ROSWELL — President Bush on Thursday drove home points from his State of the Union address as he enjoyed a friendly southeastern New Mexico crowd. Bush spoke to an audience the Secret Service estimated at 1,800 in Roswell’s Convention and Civic Center, a talk billed as remarks on the war on terrorism, but [...]

Retired teachers lobby for retirement funds

Michelle Seeber New Mexico lawmakers on Monday told retired educators they’ll have to fix their retirement fund themselves. The fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the last three years, with assets totaling $6.1 billion instead of $9.3 billion, according to information provided at the forum, which [...]

County talks taxes for jail space

Tony Parra The Roosevelt County Commission at Tuesday’s meeting discussed the probability of raising taxes to fund additional space for the county detention center. The cost would run between $3.6 to $5.2 million depending on size. A couple of the options discussed to foot the bill would either be an increase of a gross receipt [...]

Nonprofit corporations optimistic on tax reform

Darrell Todd Maurina As the largest nonprofit corporation in Clovis, Plains Regional Medical Center might have lost millions of dollars if a state blue ribbon tax reform commission recommendation had gone differently, hospital officials say. Hospital administrator Brian Bentley said he is “cautiously optimistic” that nonprofits won’t face taxation in the final version of new [...]

Taxes could rise on gas, cars, homes

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A tax reform commission has recommended no change in the tax on food but proposed higher taxes and fees on gasoline, motor vehicles and homes. The Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission voted 16-7 on Tuesday to approve a package of tax change recommendations, which [...]

Council against tax reduction on groceries

Mike Linn The Portales city council want residents to buy their milk for $3.19, not $2.99. The city council at Tuesday’s meeting adopted a resolution opposing a proposed tax reduction that would save the average Portales resident about $40 annually on groceries. City Council members said the city’s budget would lose about $424,000 annually if [...]

Military report urges benefits to go most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? [...]

Tax hike going to vote next month

By Mike Linn The Portales Municipal School Board will decide next month whether to renew a five-year tax hike to fund technological advancements in the district’s schools. The board estimates the $685,000 tax increase will be levied to residents at the rate of .001 Mill ($1 per $1,000) on the assessed value of taxable property [...]

School funding up for vote in Dora

By Mike Linn Voters decide Tuesday if they are willing to embrace a tax hike that will help fund a vast overhaul of Dora schools. If passed, an additional $850,000 in taxes will be collected over the next 12 years from property owners in the Dora school district — which also encompasses the communities of [...]