A Day Without Trouble Is A Day Without Legislators

by Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot, ©2009)

Quote Freely From The Article — Leave The Pseudonym Alone

Some of them, at least. Witness the new three-quarters of a cent “education” gross receipts tax our Democrats in the New Mexico House of Representatives just passed out of the house.  No Republican house members voted for the tax and only six Democrat house members voted against the tax, our Representative Rhonda King being one of the six.

Any thinking person or group of thinking persons has to wonder how in Hades, legislators can approve an increase to a tax which is considered to be the most regressive (the gross receipts tax) tax of all, and that, in a so-called recession. Perhaps they are all asleep at the switch or the bar stool.

According to the Albuquerque Journal (Journal) of Saturday, March 14, 2009, “Advocates of the bill pointed out that New Mexico removed the gross receipts tax from food several years ago.” What is concealed  in that point is the  impact of a one-half of a cent gross receipts tax increase passed during the same session that was, and still is levied against all other purchases for goods and services with but few exceptions. The manipulation during that legislative session was a sham and a shell game and the implication that the public gained some great savings as a result of the “food tax” being removed was a scam then and it is a scam now. Legislators such as Mimi Stewart (D, Albuquerque) who indicated in the same  Journal article, that this increase was essentially  a job creation tax or otherwise indicated the tax is just what the doctor ordered, should hide their Ostrich heads in the sand, or wherever, and not remove them until this session is over. They seem to be working in dark, dank places anyway.

Hopefully, the New Mexico State Senate will throw this bill out on its head and find a way to cut wasted costs, while demanding more accountability from our school boards and educators statewide.

This tax, if it is left standing, will see the tax rate increase to 8.375% in Edgewood. Of course, there is talk of another three-quarters of a cent gross receipts tax being proposed in the legislature for some grand scheme or schemes. If both taxes are passed Edgewood’s gross receipts tax will grow to 9.125%. That’s without the Town of Edgewood or Santa Fe County passing any additional gross receipts taxes. If both tax increases are passed,  some municipalities will see gross receipts tax rates rise to over 10%.

Just think, all of the above was accomplished with a total of just 12 attornies in the whole legislature with a couple of the total not practicing law.