Cigarette tax hike proposed

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican Anti-tobacco advocates say they have one way to help the state solve its budget crisis and help prevent smoking: Raise the tobacco tax in the state by $1 a pack. The idea could bring in $29.7 million in the first year. Although a bill has yet to […]

County seeks gross receipts tax increase

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer The Roosevelt County Commission wants to impose a gross receipts tax to help fund health care for people who can’t afford it. At their meeting Tuesday in the county courthouse, commissioners unanimously passed the notice. State regulations require a public hearing before the tax becomes reality. County Manager Charlene […]

Official: “Cow tax” reports unfounded

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By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Livestock officials are concerned the federal government is considering charging fees for air-polluting animals. They contend the “cow tax” is a possible consequence of a highly technical Environmental Protection Agency report released last week on greenhouse gases. EPA Spokeswoman Cathy Milbourn said the concerns are unfounded and the report […]

Local Brief Nov. 11

PNT Staff Report AARP seeks income tax preparation volunteers AARP Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers for tax counseling and leadership positions. Each year from Feb. 1 through April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers.

Voters deserve real life scenarios

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ columnist When Barack Obama was in his neighborhood, plumber Joe Wurzelbacher said he wanted to buy a business, and it could be subject to a tax increase should Obama be president. He asked why Obama wanted to tax him, and Obama answered the question. Soon after, Obama and John McCain debated, […]

Livestock board omits horse tax

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Horse owners in eastern New Mexico can look forward to a tax break this year due to an oversight by the New Mexico Livestock Board. Because of an accounting error, there will be no livestock board tax on horses in New Mexico for 2008 — horse owners will only […]

Tax-free days start today

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico High gas prices have local businesses expecting a busy tax-free weekend in Clovis and Portales. New Mexico’s fourth annual three-day gross receipts tax holiday begins today. Many school supplies, computers up to $1,000, clothes and shoes up to $100 will be tax free. A national survey finds the average […]

Next weekend will be tax free

PNT Staff Report New Mexico students are getting ready to go back to school. But first they’re getting ready to go shopping for back-to-school supplies. And this weekend, those back-to-school purchases will be tax free. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday will mark the fourth year for the tax holiday. Gov. Bill Richardson said in a […]

Tax deadline is Tuesday

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Post offices around the country will be postmarking income tax returns up until midnight on Tuesday, helping last-minute filers make the April 15 federal tax filing deadline. “We won’t be open until that time, but we’ll make sure that anything dropped into our mail drop until midnight gets postmarked. […]

Mom’s tax return filed for free

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer When my daughter Laura was a toddler, she would say, “When I grow up, I’m going to smoke cigarettes and do income taxes like grandma!” Laura would sit on the couch next to Mom, with one of Mom’s calculators in hand, and wearing play reading glasses, she would scribble […]

2-17-08 Local Briefs

MS group to meet An area Multiple Sclerosis self-help group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Caduceus Room at Plains Regional Medical Center, 2100 N. Martin Luther King, Clovis. Dr. Oswald Graham is the guest speaker and will be addressing nutrition. Information: Panhandle Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at 806-468-7500 or […]

Republican presidential candidate profiles

Rudy Giuliani Considering what’s most agreeable and most egregious about Rudy Giuliani’s candidacy, we find some of his positions would advance freedom while others give us considerable pause. Most agreeable are his promises to “restore fiscal discipline and cut wasteful Washington spending,” cut taxes and reform the tax code. Washington’s most concerted assaults on freedom […]

Democratic presidential candidate profiles

Editor’s note: The following profiles of presidential candidates are intended to help voters decide whether individual freedom will advance or retreat if the candidate is elected. Hillary Clinton A Hillary Clinton presidency poses substantive threats to individual freedom. Her statist approach would injuriously intrude into nearly every aspect of life. Clinton would have the government […]

Some uncertain economic stimulus package would help

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s still up in the air whether the United States is heading for a recession. Likewise, it’s in the air if rumored stimulus packages would do anything to slow or stop one. President Bush on Friday pushed for an economic stimulus package, consisting of as much as $150 billion […]

Jan. 10, 2008 Local Briefs

Textbooks available for public review Teachers, parents, and other community members are invited to review and comment on the proposed Education Career Technical, Adult Basic Education and Driver Education textbooks approved for adoption by the State of New Mexico’s Department of Education Instructional Material Bureau. The textbooks are available for examination at the Instructional Resource […]

Tornado blasts area in 2007

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Editor’s note: The following is the first of four stories reviewing the top news of 2007. This installment deals with January, February and March. The first three months of 2007 were dominated by newsmaking weather and homicide headlines that gripped Roosevelt County. Perhaps the story of the year for […]

New tax system worth considering

Editorial GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson has proposed an interesting tax reform. It’s not a “flat tax” because it has two rates — 10 percent and 25 percent — but it might simplify the tax code. The idea of a flat-rate tax system — all incomes would be taxed at the same rate and, beyond […]

Proposed tax increase could mean trouble for those in all brackets

Editorial Democrats say it will restore equity and fairness while Republicans say it’s the biggest tax increase in history, $3.5 trillion over 10 years. The brainchild of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would juggle $1 trillion in tax cuts and tax increases to shift burdens and relief. The so-called tax “reform” […]

Internet tax would only slow progress

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 frenzy […]

Government proposals will hinder market

Editorial T he House of Representatives voted last week to impose $16 billion in new taxes on the oil industry and give away billions of dollars in tax breaks for so-called “renewable” energy schemes. The proposals will only drive energy costs higher, while limiting availability and giving foreign oil producers more sway in the U.S. […]