According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, Democrats are already floating passing more taxes in the upcoming legislative session, hoping legislators will rally around hiking taxes on alcohol.
“Everyone needs to understand the landscape before we have a serious conversation about how it should be changed,” said Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee Chair Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos).
The state currently taxes 7 cents per drink for wine and spirits and 4 cents a drink for beer, which Democrats want to jack up if they retain a Democrat majority and have Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as governor.
Democrat Rep. Moe Maestas (D-Bernalillo) wants to hike the taxes by making them be based on the alcohol’s sale price instead of taxing alcohol by the volume sold. “This would keep pace with inflation and pass the cost directly to consumers,” wrote the New Mexican.
Other proposals to raise taxes are like those of Washington, D.C. on cigarettes, where the existing rates will be raised to follow inflation.
David Jernigan, a professor at Boston University School of Public Health, suggests taxing New Mexicans for “billions of dollars in costs attributable to excessive drinking including lost productivity, health care and government services.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, this could mean an average tax of $3.71 for a drink of alcohol.
With these radical pro-tax proposals, there have been no meaningful conversations on how to cut government spending. Most Democrat conversations point to merely spending more while taxing more, including with the sales of marijuana and other substances recently legalized by the Democrat legislature.