Legislative panel hears arguments for liquor tax increase

Legislative panel hears arguments for liquor tax increase

Originally reported by Andy Lyman in the NM Political Repor

TAOS — An advocacy group pushing for an increase in alcohol taxes in New Mexico encouraged lawmakers Tuesday to bring the issue to the upcoming special session

Alcohol Taxes Save Lives Director Peter DeBenedittis presented his findings to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee that show many likely voters in the state are in favor of increasing taxes on alcohol by 25 cents a drink.

DeBenedittis told NM Political Report he wants to see his proposal considered for the upcoming special session, but has been unable to arrange a meeting with the governor. Gov. Susana Martinez has continually said she is opposed to any tax increases.

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