Their view: Lawmaker: Possible to fund schools without tax hike

Lawmaker: Possible to fund schools without tax hike Rep. Jim Trujillo, a democrat who represents Santa Fe County, believes it’s possible to fund fund New Mexico’s public schools without raising taxes:

Military clergy should not fear ministering gays

Freedom New Mexico Jesus dined with prostitutes and far, far worse sinners. He even dined with tax collectors, perhaps the worst sinners of all. Jesus loved sinners, representing to them the power of God’s love for humanity. He was truth and he had no fear of sin. He knew that love always conquered hate and […]

Their view: Eliminating tax credits won’t eliminate deficit

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. He warns lawmakers that eliminating tax credits may not help heal the state’s budget woes. Eliminating tax credits won’t eliminate deficit With a $400 million budget deficit facing lawmakers when they return to Santa Fe, the […]

Volunteers needed for tax time

The base legal office is looking for volunteers to prepare taxes for active-duty airmen, their families, and retirees. Anyone can volunteer. Volunteers must complete a week of tax training class, Jan. 3 – Jan. 7 at Clovis Community College. The training times are Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday from […]

Tax planning enters crunch time

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Sharna Johnson Pay bills early, make donations, install new windows — With about two and a half weeks remaining to the end of the year, it’s the last chance for tax planning. Taxpayers can still do a number of things to help reduce their taxes before the window closes on 2010, according to tax preparers. […]

Their view: Tax cuts should be for all or none

Tax cuts should be for all or none Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin reflected on the meaning of Tuesday’s elections in a recent report. Here’s a sampling of what she had to say:

Tax evasion shouldn’t be crime

Kent McManigal of Farwell writes columns for the Albuquerque Libertarian Examiner. Here’s a snippet from a recent effort: An Albuquerque-area couple has allowed themselves to be abused and stolen from by a gang of thieves as retribution for the uppity act of attempting to keep their own property rather than handing it over to the […]

Obama should take cue from Reagan

Freedom New Mexico On Aug. 13, 1981, President Ronald Reagan, at his modest hideaway in the hills overlooking Santa Barbara, Calif., signed into law perhaps the most aggressive tax cut in U.S. history. Friday marked the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 and should remind us, in a […]

Their view: Immediate change can stave off fiscal disaster

Thomas J. Lucente Jr. writes for The Lima (Ohio) News. Here’s a sampling of a recent column: While it will go nowhere, one Republican Ohio congressman has drafted a bill to institute something for which I have long advocated: Require taxpayers to pay their tax bills directly and put an end to the unconscionable practice […]

Their view: Corporate income tax inefficient

Corporate income tax inefficient Economist Mark W. Hendrickson, contributing scholar with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, submitted his views on corporate income taxes in a guest column for newspapers across the country. Here’s a snippet from his report:

Friday morning briefing: Tax free weekend, weed search and sign of the times

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Tax free reminder Parents take note: Today is the first day of tax free weekend. No taxes on school supplies and assorted other delightful items. Here’s a link: http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/Individuals/Pages/Tax-Holiday.aspx Weed patrol Seems like the weeds are taking over Clovis. Where are the tallest weeds […]

Tax-free shopping holiday starts today

Liliana Castillo New Mexico’s annual tax-free holiday runs today through Sunday and local and corporate businesses in Clovis and Portales are stocking up to deal with the rush. This weekend, New Mexico shoppers get a break from gross receipts tax on: • all clothing and shoes under $100 • school supplies under $15 • computers […]

Residents to take advantage of tax-free weekend

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Jared Tucker New Mexico’s Tax Free Weekend Aug. 6-8 is very popular among consumers like Portales resident Monica Delgado. Delgado says this will be the second consecutive year she’s taken advantage of the holiday, and said last year she saved a bundle of cash when her youngest of two children started school. “I would guess […]

Their view: Gross receipts tax hampers state businesses

Paul Gessing, president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility. Here’s a snippet of what he had to say in a recent column on New Mexico’s gross receipts tax:

Energy assistance program latest boondoggle

Freedom New Mexico Even as the federal government continues its grandiose mission of redistributing your tax money, we continue to learn how unaccountable its corrupt system already is. The Government Accounting Office, which monitors how Washington manages tax money, has uncovered yet another expensive boondoggle amid the well-intentioned federal giveaway of billions of dollars, this […]

Let’s keep tax dollars in Portales

Portales’ construction worker Danny Smith is unhappy with a recent Portales school board decision to hire an Amarillo contractor for a roofing project. Here’s his letter to the editor:

State cigarette tax jumps 75 cents on Thursday

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Not everything in Texas is bigger. The state’s cigarette taxes are less than New Mexico’s as of July 1.That’s one of several new laws that have taken effect from the state’s 2010 legislative sessions.Last week, a pack of cigarettes that cost $3.25 before taxes ran a smoker $4.16 after […]

Salon owners expect no change from tanning tax

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By Jared Tucker PNT Staff Writer jtucker@pntonline.com Take your tax, and tan it. That’s what tanning salon owners and customers in Portales think about a new federal tanning tax that takes effect July 1. The new tax, part of the government’s health care bill, won’t keep die-hard tanning customers away, according to salon owners. Devan […]

Hoiles challenged tax-supported schools

Freedom New Mexico Editor’s note: R.C. Hoiles was founder of Freedom Communications, parent company of our newspaper. In conjunction with the company’s emergence last Friday from bankruptcy and the changing ownership from the Hoiles family, we’re dedicating this week’s editorial pages to remembering Hoiles’ philosophies.

Candidate profiles: Roosevelt County tax assessor

PNT staff Editor’s note: Two Republicans are seeking the nomination for Roosevelt County Assessor in the June 1 primary election. No Democrats filed as candidates. The following profiles are part of a series on candidates in local races. Both candidates were asked the same set of questions. Tex L. Belcher (Incumbent) • Why do you […]