That’s Gonna Hurt
Individual Democratic legislators who caved to pressure from their leadership and voted to increase food taxes on struggling New Mexico families despite an overwhelming public outcry against it are rightfully starting to worry about their chances for re-election:
New Mexico legislators chafed at Gov. Bill Richardson’s veto Wednesday of a renewed tax on food, which averts a controversial tax hike but also eliminates $68 million meant to help balance the state’s $5.6 billion budget.
Legislators, who approved the food tax as part of a more than $230 million tax increase and budget plan during a special session earlier this month, complained that the second-term Democratic governor simply delayed tough decisions on fixing state finances until after he leaves office at the end of the year.
Hmm, that’s an interesting take from the legislators. Blame their unwillingness to cut unnecessary fat from government on the Governor. Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to fly in November. Especially, when the campaign mailers uses quotes from Democrats saying that food tax should have never been sent to the Governor anyway.