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SANTA FE – A majority of likely New Mexico voters prefer solving a massive state budget crunch with a mix of targeted tax increases on such items as alcohol and spending cuts, while less than a third of voters favor relying solely on steep budget cuts to state programs and services, a new Journal Poll found.
Fifty-nine percent of statewide voters surveyed in the recent poll said they favor the combination approach to fixing the state’s estimated $589 million budget shortfall, while 31 percent said they would prefer deeper cuts with no tax increases. The remaining voters surveyed were unsure or would not say.
The Journal Poll results suggest that voters might be willing to accept at least some tax increases as part of budget-balancing plan, an approach that has been rejected by Gov. Susana Martinez.