Their view: Taxpayers deserving of transparency

Paul Gessing is president of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Foundation. Here’s what he says about government transparency:

White House should release loan documents

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has subpoenaed White House communications concerning the half-billion-dollar federal loan guarantee for failed California solar company Solyndra, which also is under criminal investigation and has ties to a major campaign donor to President Barack Obama. We have yet to hear a good reason for the White House’s reluctance to […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t foot hotel bill

I think it is noble to want to save Hotel Clovis from decay or destruction. Personally, I love to see historic buildings preserved and put back to use. I’m somewhat less enthusiastic over the plan to use it for subsidized housing. If you own the building, I think it is yours to use as you […]

Taxpayers not taken into consideration

Freedom New Mexico We suspect that if Congress had asked, American taxpayers would have emphatically explained they don’t want to pay to bail out failing companies. Nevertheless, Congress approved $700 billion in late 2008, ostensibly to stabilize the financial system by injecting tax money into banks and other financial institutions. Most Americans, it seems likely, […]

Arizona law does more harm to taxpayers

In Mexico they call it “la ley del odio” — the law of hate. Indeed, President Felipe Calderon had publicly condemned the act and Mexican border governors had said they would boycott a planned conference before it was moved from Arizona to New Mexico. To many people, Arizona’s anti-immigration law that went into effect last […]

Their View: Assessor candidate seeks better representation for taxpayers

New Mexico’s primary elections are June 1. KENNER CARRASCO is a Republican candidate for Roosevelt County tax assessor. He’s running against TEX BELCHER. Here’s what Carrasco had to say when we asked about his qualifications for the job:

Analysis: Budget takes backseat to memorials, whistleblower bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a special session […]

Bipartisanship comes at cost to taxpayers

Freedom New Mexico After his State of the Union address, we expected environmental groups to protest President Barack Obama’s declaration to advance nuclear power. We’re pleased the outrage already spans the political spectrum, with many stops in between. Add us to the complainers. The new federal budget proposes to triple loan guarantees for new nuclear […]

Taxpayers footing bill for vacations

Freedom New Mexico It’s bad enough when they pass laws to tell you how to live your life. It’s worse when they tax you to make it harder to live your life. But when the members of Congress run up a tab at your expense for their global, jet-setting junkets on top of it all, […]

Government ‘help’ comes from taxpayers’ pockets

The government has an insidious way of helping. First it hurts you. Then it benevolently rushes in to relieve a little of the pain. Then, it takes credit for being so nice. Taxpayers experience this every payday when the government takes money from their earnings. Later, the government may deign to return some of your […]

Beets, like taxpayers, deserve fair shake

By Baxter Black: FNM columnist I felt a twinge of sadness when I heard that the SEAM (Social Engineers And Manipulators) had declared “Beetless Tuesday”

Feb. 26, 1958

A notice of appeal was filed to the district Supreme Court by area taxpayers opposed to the issuance of $350,000 in bonds to build a new school in Portales. The appeal was filed four days before the 30-day deadline expired, which would have opened up further dealings to create plans for the new school.

Long-lasting drug war needs new approach

Freedom New Mexico Americans are addicted to the drug war. Countless billions of taxpayers’ money, at all levels, has been lost in a futile effort to keep unapproved drugs off our streets. The effort has only raised illicit drugs’ value, and thus raised sellers’ profits — and the extremes to which they’ll go to rake […]

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.

Residents set to stimulate local economy

Mickey Winfield This summer, taxpayers across the country will be receiving some extra cash courtesy of the United States government in the form of economic stimulus checks, and Roosevelt County businesses may soon begin to reap the benefits. Congress and the Bush administration hope the extra money, an amount between $300 for singles and up […]

Taxpayers shouldn’t be responsible for other’s choices

Editorial The American dream includes owning one’s own home. For many in New Mexico, those homes are in or near the mountains. In coastal states, it’s often beach-front property — where folks such as Cindy Armour can be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves washing ashore and awaken to the cries of gulls. […]

Taxpayers have two extra days to file this year

By Tonya Garner Procrastinators have two extra days to file their tax returns this year. Since the traditional April 15 filing day falls on a Saturday, the Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for most Americans to 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Jerry Carlton, U.S. Postal Service supervisor in Clovis, said the deadline for residents […]

Energy rebate checks on their way

By Tonya Garner The check is in the mail, or at least for most New Mexico taxpayers. The first round of tax rebate checks were mailed Oct. 30, according to the State of New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department. “Anyone who filed a 2004 tax return should automatically receive a check,” Tax and Revenue Department […]

John DeLorean left behind some solid achievements

Freedom Newspapers I s a life marred by character flaws that ended in disappointment yet worth celebrating? In the case of John Z. DeLorean, who died earlier this month in New Jersey at the age of 80, the answer is yes with qualifications. Few of us would want to model our lives after DeLorean, but […]

New bonuses, pitfalls for taxpayers in 2005

By David Irvin A new tax season often means new tax laws. This year is no exception. There are a number of changes that may assist taxpayers in filing their taxes and may qualify some for larger deductions and less taxes. IRS Spokesperson Bill Brunson said this year’s changes are just business as usual. There […]