By Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican
Dec. 23, 2018
Bad ideas in New Mexico don’t die. They are resurrected each December in anticipation of another session of the state Legislature.
The worst of the perennial proposals is taxing groceries. It’s back in the form of a trial balloon, one that should be burst with gusto.
Bill Fulginiti, executive director of the New Mexico Municipal League, for years has been lobbying legislators to reinstate the tax on groceries. He recently wrote a column outlining his organization’s stand.
“We advocate for an overall tax-rate reduction combined with a small local tax on food so that taxes generated by food purchases are returned to the community from which they were collected,” he wrote.
Fulginiti isn’t a villainous sort. He’s a bureaucrat with blinders.
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