Bad news: on December 15, 2016, the New Mexico Revenue Stabilization and Tax Committee considered legislation to reimpose the regressive food tax on New Mexico families (see coverage from KRQE News 13 and KOAT News 7). The food tax is being presented as one piece of a much larger “tax reform” package aimed at raising revenue for the state. Yet the legislators pushing the food tax have not answered one important question: how is it that 34 other states are able to balance their budgets without taxing food?
The tax package including the food tax has been introduced as House Bill 412 during the 2017 session, and several other tax bills also propose taxing food. We are partnering with a coalition of other organizations to try to keep groceries tax-free for New Mexico families. But we need your help: please contact your legislators and tell them that taxing food does not belong in a “tax reform” package!