SANTA FE, N.M. — A proposal by the New Mexico Municipal League to reinstate taxes on food is spurring broad, bipartisan opposition from Democrats, Republicans and the Governor’s Office.
Democrats say it would be a regressive tax on the poor for life’s basic necessities.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has said it would fly in the face of her promise to impose no new taxes on New Mexicans.
Most food items were subject to state and local gross receipts taxes until they were exempted by the Legislature in 2004. But the Municipal League, which represents New Mexico’s 105 cities and townships, says the proposal to restore the food tax should not be dismissed out of hand. And the group’s executive director, Bill Fulginiti, says the proposal actually would result in an overall tax decrease.