Saturday, December 24, 2016

Roman Catholic church denounces New Mexico 'food tax' idea

Image result for Archbishop John C. WesterThe Roman Catholic church is calling on New Mexico residents to reject a proposal to reinstate a food tax.

Santa Fe Archbishop John C. Wester said he will oppose efforts to restore a food tax in New Mexico, especially since the majority Hispanic state ranks the highest nationally in child poverty.

Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, says his proposal would reinstate a food tax but lower the sales tax rate from 8 percent to nearly 4. 

He says the plan would not force New Mexico residents on food stamps to pay food taxes.

Former Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a food tax in 2010 passed by a Democratic-controlled Legislature.

That proposal would have reinstated the tax on groceries and food staples at rates levied by cities and counties.

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