State of New Mexico secondary Archives: on Tax Reform


Mick Rich: No need for businesses to make decisions based on taxes

We need a complete overhaul of our tax system to make it fair, simple, and honest. We must lower taxes for both working people and businesses. Our current corporate tax rates discourage companies from making their products in America, at the expense of American jobs. Our tax laws are such a burden that business owners make decisions on the basis of taxes, not good economic sense. That's got to change--now.
Source: 2018 New Mexico campaign website MickRichForSenate.com Jan 18, 2018

Mick Rich: Low taxes creates job opportunities

We need a complete overhaul of our tax system to make it fair, simple, and honest. We must lower taxes for both working people and businesses. Our current corporate tax rates discourage companies from making their products in America, at the expense of American jobs. Our tax laws are such a burden that business owners make decisions on the basis of taxes, not good economic sense. That's got to change--now.
Source: 2018 New Mexico Senate website MickRichForSenate.com Aug 8, 2017

Gary King: AdWatch: Attacked for voting for 1987 tax hike

Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign hits Democrat Gary King with a new TV attack ads, this one blasting King for voting for "the biggest tax increase in history." It's similar to a mailer that was sent last week. Not the history of New Mexico, mind you, but, according to the ad, the biggest tax increase in history! This was in 1987.

The ad is kind of comical though. It's got light-hearted music and at one point, King ("the King") can be heard chuckling. It sounds like an actual recording of the King's laugh. And yes, the Democratic candidate is shown in a crown. Here's the transcript:

Source: Santa Fe New Mexican on 2014 New Mexico gubernatorial race Aug 6, 2014

Susana Martinez: NM is not under-taxed. revenue enhancements vetoed

We must remember that the long-term solution to our budget woes is economic growth. We increase revenue by helping small businesses create new jobs--not by government creating new taxes. Let me speak plainly: New Mexicans are not under-taxed. The government has simply over-spent.

I applaud the Legislative Finance Committee for putting forth a budget proposal that doesn't include tax increases and doesn't try to raid the permanent fund. Unfortunately, some are still pushing tax hikes: Doubling the tax when you buy a car. Taxing job creators. Even taxing the Internet. To make them sound better, some call them "revenue enhancements." They can be called many things but they will all be vetoed.

I've long said that government doesn't create jobs. Government creates the environment where small businesses can create those jobs. We must recognize that in a global economy, businesses will choose to locate and expand in areas that encourage--not impede--job growth.

Source: 2011 New Mexico State of the State Address Jan 18, 2011

Bill Richardson: Any tax increase must expire in 3 years or less

As we look to raise revenue to help us through this crisis, I will only support a temporary revenue increase that automatically expires in 3 years or less. I will oppose any tax increase that hurts our efforts to keep the state economically competitive and create new jobs--such as:
Source: New Mexico 2010 State of the State Address Jan 19, 2010

Bill Richardson: Continue to cut taxes and reform the tax code

We must continue to cut taxes, reform the tax code and invest in infrastructure by fully implementing the personal income tax cuts. I will also pursue targeted tax reform initiatives, including tax credits for creating high-wage jobs and technology start-ups. Letís cut the tax on food & the tax on medical services. I promise to work with you to find a way to pay for these cuts, but letís get it done now to help improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who need it the most.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to the New Mexico Legislature Jan 20, 2004

Bob Graham: Repeal Bush tax cuts that went to top earners

Q: Letís talk about the economy.

GRAHAM: What we should do? One, we should repeal all of the portions of the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, which went primarily to the upper incomes. Number two, we should use a portion of that money to give a tax break to middle-income Americans by reducing the tax on the payrolls. Thatís a place where money actually will be spent, used and energize the economy. Third, we should have an interstate-like program to rebuild America.

Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

Howard Dean: People would rather health care than a tax cut

[On paying for healthcare]: We are going to repeal the Bush tax cuts. You canít pay for health insurance if you have those tax cuts. Most middle-class people never got a tax cut from George Bush, and Iím sure theyíd rather have health insurance for everybody than the $100 they got from George Bushís tax cut. For less than a third of George Bushís tax cuts, we can cover every man, woman and child in America, and thatís exactly what we should do, and we should not wait.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

John Edwards: Tax cuts to working people-stop Bushís War On Work

To get this economy going again [we need to] crack down on corporate cheating so that business actually works for employees. And we need to stop President Bushís war on work. We need to stop these tax cuts for multi-millionaires who invest, and instead give tax cuts to working people to help them buy a house, to help them educate their kids, to help them get health care, to help them save. Thatís the kind of tax cut thatís going to actually help middle class working families.
Source: Democratic Primary Debate, Albuquerque New Mexico Sep 4, 2003

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