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Five New Taxes

Five new taxes proposed over five months… We’re now seeing the effects of the uncontrolled government spending. The best pair of quotes from the Journal article (subscription) goes to Mayor Marty Chavez. First, he said this:

Mayor Martin Chavez said the gross receipts increases are likely to give voters “real heartburn.” The increases, he said, would make Albuquerque’s gross receipts tax one of the highest in the West.

Then he said this:

Chavez said he wasn’t sure how APS would fare, but he noted that property taxes in Albuquerque are still relatively low compared with other cities.

“I think most Albuquerqueans are loath to say no to school bonds, even if it includes a tax increase,” he said.

Spoken like a true politician. Oppose one set of taxes while supporting another set. This way you can have your cake and eat it too.