Hat Tip to Ronnie for this info. Get on the phones folks and tell your representatives if they vote to raise taxes, you will vote them out.
House panel OKs proposed sales tax increase
Posted at: 01/29/2010 8:34 AM
By: BARRY MASSEY, Associated Press Writer
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A House committee has endorsed a proposal to increase New Mexico's gross receipts tax for four years to help balance the state budget.
The legislation would provide about $238 million next year by raising the tax by one-half cent to 5.5 percent. The tax rate would then decline annually until it returned to 5 percent starting in July 2014.
The measure is sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, a Santa Fe Democrat. He said higher taxes are necessary for New Mexico to plug a budget shortfall next year and prevent cutbacks in public schools and government services.
The House Business and Industry Committee approved the tax proposal on a 7-to-4 vote.
The measure goes to another committee for consideration.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Subject: Help Please
Please get out the message that you are now able to hear and see the House floor sessions. You can also find out how legislators voter on floor issues. These are available at legis.state.nm.us As you know, on the same web site, legis.state.nm.us you can find the bills, fiscal impact analysis , other analysis and committee vote on the bills. The NM votes maintained by the Rio Grande Foundation records votes also.
At this time, it appears that there will be material tax and fee increases as opposed to real meaningful cuts to the state budget. It doesn't appear that the recent national votes and the tea parties have made any difference the New Mexico Democrat controlled legislature. If anyone cares they need to be lobbying contacting their legislators and emphasize NO TAX increases.
Jimmie C. Hall
New Mexico House of Representatives
R-Bernalillo County District 28
State Capitol Room 201A
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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