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Bishops oppose food tax bill
“This is a tax on the poorest people of New Mexico,” Allen Sanchez, a lobbyist for the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Thursday. He’s referring to a bill that would reinstate the gross receipts tax on certain foods–including white tortillas. Sanchez is planning a rally Friday at the Roundhouse–involving 12,000 tortillas.
When the Senate Finance Committee included SB 10 as part of the budget plan it may have set off a firestorm.
Sanchez said Thursday that defeating a tax on food was the number one priority of the NMCCB, which represents hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans.
“This is the most regressive tax to come out of this building,” he said.
Including SB 10 as part of the state’s budget, the Senate Finance Committee chairman said, was a way for all New Mexicans to participate in helping close the state’s budget gap.
The measure passed the committee unanimously and some thought this tax increase had a better chance of passing the Senate.
But Sanchez said that argument is false. ”If the House can pass it, why can’t the Senate? They all represent the same New Mexico.”