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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Diane Denish Issues Statement Applauding Veto of Food Tax

Lt. Gov. Diane Denish issued a statement today applauding the veto of the food tax, which would target middle-class New Mexico families, and continued to call for cost-saving reforms to make government more efficient.

“With so many New Mexicans struggling to put food on the table, a new tax on food is absolutely the last thing our families need," Denish said. "As I’ve said from Day One, the Legislature should have done everything possible to cut costs and make government more efficient before even considering regressive taxes that target working families. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen."

"As Governor, I’ll do things differently," Denish added. I’ve put forward a plan to save taxpayers $450 million over the next five years. By consolidating agencies, eliminating cabinet positions, cutting political appointees and spending more wisely, we can save the taxpayers millions. New Mexico families are tightening their belts; it’s time state government did the same thing.”

To read more about Diane's reform plan to save taxpayer’s $450 million, click here. In addition, Denish pointed out that she was the first candidate for Governor to speak out against the food tax, issuing an op-ed in December, as well as a statement expressing her opposition.

March 24, 2010 at 02:56 PM in 2010 NM Governor's Race, Diane Denish, Economy, Populism, Food and Drink, NM Legislature Special Session 2010, Taxes | Permalink

Comments

Belt-tightening is good; progressive taxation is better.

Glad this food tax is gone, now when will NM tax the rich appropriately?

Posted by: Terry Schleder | Mar 24, 2010 3:56:40 PM