Legislators optimistic over capital outlay requests

Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it was evident […]

Their view: State should consider projects responsibly

Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, offers this view on capital outlay projects: Legislators and the governor have joined forces to abandon the haphazard process of funding capital outlay projects a little bit at a time and with minimal thought as to how each project fits into the state’s infrastructure strategic plan. Instead, we are committed […]

Don’t mistake redistribution for prosperity

Freedom New Mexico One reason we cannot get the economy on track is the mass economic ignorance that enables politicians to pass off redistribution schemes as growth. Some children, seeing a rabbit pulled from a hat, surmise that magic hats produce rabbits. Similarly, gullible adults see government programs as sources of wealth. The rabbit did […]

Entities name capital outlay requests

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico entities sent capital outlay priorities Monday at the request of local legislators. But there’s no indication there will be capital outlay available, or that every entity received that information. “We got word from Santa Fe that if we had any projects, we needed to submit them before 5 p.m. […]

Portales, Dora school levy up for election

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Argen Duncan Portales and Dora school districts are each holding a Public School Capital Improvements Tax Election on Tuesday. Polling takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The “two-mill levy” in each district raises money for equipment, maintenance, remodeling and repairs. For both districts, approval of the mill levy won’t raise taxes, but will […]

Iraqis ready to take control of own problems

Freedom New Mexico A coordinated suicide bombing that killed at least 14 people and wounded 53 in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province, is a reminder that the country the U.S. has tried so hard to pacify, through military action and nation-building advice and subsidies, is still plenty turbulent. While this fact might tempt […]

Governor orders freeze on capital projects

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Monday ordered a freeze on capital improvement projects around the state, criticizing lawmakers for not cutting such spending during last week’s special session. “These pork projects should be the first to be cut before we take any action that affects […]

City council to update improvement plan

Freedom New Mexico The Portales City Council will take public comments and also plans to vote on what to include in its Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan. It’s part of the council’s agenda for a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday — a day earlier in the week than normal. The plan designates which improvements in roads, […]

Texico, Fort Sumner schools receive capital outlay money

Freedom New Mexico Texico and Fort Sumner Municipal School districts were awarded money from the Public School Capital Outlay Council Thursday, according to a news release. Texico will get $3.8 million in state funds to renovate its schools and Fort Sumner will receive $5.6 million in state funds to renovate the middle and elementary schools. […]