Green jobs only create fiscal black hole

The faddish obsession with “green jobs” is being revealed as a massive waste of taxpayer money. Pipe dreams eventually are revealed for what they are — unrealistic, wishful thinking. It didn’t take long for Spain’s touted green-job revolution to be revealed as a financial disaster, siphoning taxpayer subsidies and destroying 2.2 real jobs for every […]

Their view: Bike bridge not example of fiscal responsibility

A recent column by Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation, which promotes limited government, economic freedom and individual responsibility.

City officials give budget breakdown

The city of Portales 2011-2012 fiscal year budget involves about $8.12 million in expenditures and about $228,000 for a year-end balance. “Basically our budget this year was not much different than last year’s budget,” City Manager Tom Howell said. A 30-cents-an-hour pay raise for employees and increased fuel costs were the biggest increases, he said. […]

Social issues belong on backburner for now

Freedom New Mexico A few months ago, we wrote that tea party activists who focus on fiscal issues were in a tug of war with other conservatives more interested in “social issues” such as abortion and gay marriage. We said politicians who rode the tea party wave to power should concentrate on the economy and […]

Building permits steady

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Argen Duncan By Argen Duncan PNT Senior Writer aduncan@pntonline.com The City of Portales is on track to issue the same number of building permits this fiscal year as last year, according to the planning director. The city compiles building permits for fiscal years, which run July through June. Although the numbers for the first half […]

Hospital sees profits

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer By Argen Duncan Roosevelt General Hospital finished the last fiscal year with a profit of more than $115,000, in spite of seeing losses in June, the chief financial officer has said. At the hospital board meeting Tuesday at RGH, hospital CFO Eva Stevens reported on the past fiscal year […]

School budget $2 million less than 2008-09

PNT staff The operating budget for Portales Municipal Schools for the next fiscal year, part of a final budget the Board of Education approved Monday night, is more than $2 million less than the ‘08-’09 operational budget.

Final budget approval on school board agenda

PNT Staff Report The final budget for the next fiscal year is expected to be approved at a meeting Monday of the Portales Municipal School Board.

School board budget will decrease next year

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales Municipal Schools has a tentative budget of $22.2 million for next fiscal year, down $821,191 from this year. Board of Education members approved the tentative budget at their meeting Monday in the schools’ administration building. The district must submit a final budget by June 20. For the upcoming […]

Budget adjustment on school board agenda

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Monday, school board members are set to vote on adjusting the budget to use federal stimulus money and to hear a request for them to take a stance on the possibility of a zone change that would allow a restaurant to open near Portales High School. The meeting is […]