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Republicans spar with Democrat over federal tax lien, loan

Las Cruces Sun-News logo Las Cruces Sun-News 9/12/2020 Associated Press
a man wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Democratic House speaker Brian Egolf accuses utility regulators over overstepping their authority and delaying implementation of landmark energy legislation that finances the closure of a coal-fired power plan and sets aggressive targets for renewable energy development, during a legislative hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Critics described the legislation as a boon for Public Service Co. of New Mexico that operates the power plant and want the Public Regulation Commission to intervene to protect utility customers. © Morgan Lee/AP Democratic House speaker Brian Egolf accuses utility regulators over overstepping their authority and delaying implementation of landmark energy legislation that finances the closure of a coal-fired power plan and sets aggressive targets for renewable energy development, during a legislative hearing in Santa Fe, N.M., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Critics described the legislation as a boon for Public Service Co. of New Mexico that operates the power plant and want the Public Regulation Commission to intervene to protect utility customers.

SANTA FE - New Mexico state House speaker Brian Egolf of Santa Fe says he has paid roughly $10,500 to the IRS, denying allegations of outstanding debts by a Republican Party official and a rival candidate in the general election.

In a news release Thursday, Republican Party Chairman Steve Pearce and allied House candidate Raye Byford of Santa Fe accused Egolf of hypocrisy in neglecting to pay taxes while his law practice benefited this year from a pandemic hardship loan. Such loans can be forgiven if federal guidelines for spending are met.

Egolf said in response that he had made an error in drafting a check to the IRS and did not learn of the error until a lien was filed.

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 "I immediately paid the taxes once I learned of the balance," Egolf said.

Egolf accused Pearce of trying to distract from "deceit, dishonesty, and dereliction of duty" by President Donald Trump and the president's handling of the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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