Some legislators have introduced bills that would put the state’s sales tax (the gross receipts tax, or GRT) on food purchased at the grocery store. This is a bad idea — even if it’s done as part of an effort to lower the overall GRT rate. With New Mexico’s high rates of food insecurity and poverty, a tax on food will hurt even those families who receive SNAP, because these benefits are not intended to meet a family’s entire food need. (State-level data on food insecurity, SNAP usage, trade-offs families must make, and an opinion poll on the issue)

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Food Tax, 2018