Tobacco taxes take massive hike

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Federal taxes get a whopping increase on cigarettes today to help fund a $32.8 billion expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.The bill was signed into law in February by President Barack Obama. And while it expands health insurance to more uninsured children,

Lawmakers discuss legislative session

Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session [...]

Superintendent: Taxes won’t go up because of new school

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Feb. 12, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 37 Vehicle taxes: A bill (HB649) sponsored by Rep. Bobby Gonzales, D-Taos, would increase the state’s motor vehicle excise tax from 3 to 4 percent. Raising the tax by 1 percent is expected to create $40 million in revenue in the 2010 fiscal year. Most of the money, 60 percent, would [...]

Property taxes going up in county

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Portales residents will see a 3 mill increase on their 2008 property taxes. Other Roosevelt County residents will see a rate increase of 1 to 2 mills. Taxes on a $50,000 home will jump from $408 to $456, according to Roosevelt County Chief Deputy Assessor Royene Tivis. A mill [...]

Editorial: McCain offers promising ideas to reform taxes

In a disappointing presidential campaign, we were encouraged this week by Sen. John McCain’s announced economic plan. If we squint, it almost looks like a conservative Republican platform we vaguely recall associating with that party. As far as it goes, it’s pretty good. We wish it went

1-13-08 Letter to the Editor

Making sanctuary ultimately illegal What if the citizens of Portales considered a few factors before following Geni Flores’ proposal to become a sanctuary city (Letter to the editor, Jan. 6 PNT): 1) Would open-border and free-immigration advocates like to equate sanctuary activities to the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad and civil rights? Nothing could be more [...]

Wilson makes campaign stop in Portales

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson made her first campaign stops in eastern New Mexico on Monday with “listening sessions” in Portales and Tucumcari. “I’m used to running tough races,” said Wilson, while introducing herself to the crowd and referring to her close races for Congress. She said after [...]

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 [...]

Alternative minimum tax should be repealed

Editorial According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as next year [...]