Updated: Dec 2, 2019

Flush with oil and gas money, New Mexico has chosen to bloat government, raise taxes, and create a brand new agency. New Mexicans, not government, should be the recipients of New Mexico’s wealth.

In Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first legislative session, January - March 2019, the State of New Mexico received $465 million in additional income from the state’s oil and gas production. The response to the increased revenue was to raise taxes and bloat the state government.

The Lujan Grisham administration initiated new taxes on internet purchases and increased taxes on both cars and cigarettes. If you buy anything online in New Mexico, you will now pay a 5.125% tax that wasn’t there before this administration began. Gross receipts taxes for middle-sized businesses have increased 5.123%. The tax on cigarettes has jumped from $1.66 to $2.00 a pack.

Lujan Grisham wasted no time spending the extra money on members of her own cabinet who received an astronomical 17% raise. This will cost New Mexico’s future taxpayers half a million dollars annually. Justification was made by comparing New Mexico, a poor state, to Texas, our wealthy neighbor. Struggling New Mexican families would long to have a 17% increase.

Lujan Grisham’s administration used an additional $176 million to create yet another government agency, the Early Childhood Education and Care Department. The state can never replace mom and dad, but that is what the new agency is supposed to do. The agency sends government employees to knock on doors, fill out forms and take children out of their homes by providing childcare and Pre-K. Pre-K education has proven to be a waste of money, in that the initial gains provided by these programs disappear by the time a child reaches 2nd or 3rd grade.

Mr. Tiano believes the strength of New Mexico lies with New Mexican families. One reason New Mexican families remain poor is because of state taxes. Mr. Tiano suggests we return the money to the families and let them decide how to spend it, rather than squander it on more state government.

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