Think New Mexico Executive Director Fred Nathan
Just in time for the holidays, the New Mexico Municipal League (which represents New Mexico’s mayors and city councilors) is bringing its latest proposal to reimpose a regressive food tax.
Think New Mexico championed the repeal of this anti-family tax back in 2004 and, thanks to the efforts of New Mexicans in communities across the state, we defeated attempts to reimpose it in 2010 and 2013.
This tme around, we’ve launched a petition to present to mayors, city councils, the legislature, and the governor, asking them to stand with everyday New Mexicans and reject the food tax. We encourage you to sign it and share it with your friends and family.
The food tax won’t be the only item on our agenda when the legislature convenes Jan. 20.
We’ll also be fighting a misguided proposal to cut the requirement that 30% of the revenues from New Mexico’s lottery be dedicated to college scholarships. Think New Mexico successfully championed the enactment of this requirement in 2007, and since then it has resulted in an additional $9 million a year going to the scholarship fund.
In addition, we’ll be advocating for our new initiative to make health care more affordable by increasing transparency of price and quality. Our legislation would establish a website, similar to those in 14 other states, where New Mexicans can easily find price and quality information for common medical procedures at hospitals across the state.
We look forward to keeping you updated on our efforts on all of these initiatives, and in the meantime, please take a moment to sign (and share) our petition against reimposing New Mexico’s food tax.
About Think New Mexico
Think New Mexico is a results-oriented think tank whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who lack a strong voice in the political process. We fulfill this mission by educating the public, the media, and policymakers about some of the most serious challenges facing New Mexico and by developing and advocating for effective, comprehensive, sustainable solutions.
Our approach is to perform and publish sound, nonpartisan, independent research. Unlike many think tanks, Think New Mexico does not subscribe to any particular ideology. Instead, because New Mexico is at or near the bottom of so many national rankings, our focus is on promoting workable solutions.
Consistent with our nonpartisan approach, Think New Mexico’s board is composed of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. They are statesmen and stateswomen, who have no agenda other than to see New Mexico succeed. They are also the brain trust of this think tank.
Think New Mexico began its operations on January 1, 1999. It is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In order to maintain its independence, Think New Mexico does not accept state government funding. However, contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations are welcomed, encouraged and tax-deductible.