In an effort to protect taxpayers in the aftermath of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the Rio Grande Foundation sent a letter to candidates for legislative offices requesting they sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. The letter was sent as follows:

Dear New Mexicans,

As a member of the New Mexico Legislature or a candidate to hold that office, one of your primary goals is to help New Mexicans get back to work. This downturn has been driven partially by the economic shutdown associated with the Corona Virus, but also in part by steep decline in oil prices.

Whatever the cause of the downturn, New Mexico government plainly spent beyond its means in recent years and has plenty of spending to cut before tax hikes are even considered. While the economy remains largely shut down and the start of our economic recovery remains unknown, we do know that New Mexico’s economy faces a steep challenge that will not be assisted by tax hikes on businesses and other hard-working New Mexicans.

I want you to pledge to the people of New Mexico not to raise your NET taxes as a result of the current economic downturn. In practical terms, this means no tax hikes through the end of the 2021 New Mexico legislative session.

The candidates were asked to respond to the request and pledge to not increase taxes as a result of the economic downturn. For legislators and candidates interested in signing the pledge, kindly write to pledge@riograndefoundation.org and mention the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

State Representative Candidates who have signed the pledge:

Dinah Glenda Vargas (R) for State Representative District 10
Kayla Renee Marshall (R) for State Representative District 13
Ranota Q Banks (L) for State Representative District 15
Ali Ennenga (R) for State Representative District 15
Antoinette Bernice Taft (R) for State Representative District 16
Scott Goodman (L) for State Representative District 17
Kimberly Ann Kaehr-Macmillan (R) for State Representative District 17
Michael Eugene Hendricks (R) for State Representative District 20
Paul Ryan Mckenney (L) for State Representative District 21
Stefani Lord (R) for State Representative District 22
Robert S Godshall (R) for State Representative District 27
Robert Jason Vaillancourt (L) for State Representative District 28
Adelious De Stith (R) for State Representative District 29
Randall K Sobien (L) for State Representative District 30
John L Jones (R) for State Representative District 30
Steven Ray Penhall (L) for State Representative District 31
William Parrish Kinney (L) for State Representative District 38
Rebecca L Dow (R) for State Representative District 38
David E Hampton (R) for State Representative District 43
Jeremy B Myers (L) for State Representative District 44
Helen M Milenski (L) for State Representative District 45
Jay C Groseclose (R) for State Representative District 46
Gail “Missy” Armstrong (R) for State Representative District 49
John Foreman (R) for State Representative District 52
Ricky L Little (R) for State Representative District 53
Cathrynn N Brown (R) for State Representative District 55
Candy Spence Ezzell (R) for State Representative District 58
Greg Nibert (R) for State Representative District 59
Giovanni Coppola (R) for State Representative District 68
Nathan M Dial (R) for State Representative District 70

State Senate Candidates who have signed the pledge:

William E Sharer (R) for State Senator District 1
John Stahlman Clark (R) for State Senator District 9
Candace Thompson Gould (R) for State Senator District 10
Mary Kay Ingham (R) for State Senator District 14
Bill Tallman (D) for State Senator District 18
Ryan Alexandra Chavez (R) for State Senator District 18
John Douglas Mc Divitt (L) for State Senator District 19
Gregg William Schmedes (R) for State Senator District 19
John C Morton (R) for State Senator District 20
Mark David Moores (R) for State Senator District 21
Crystal R Diamond (R) for State Senator District 35
Kimberly A Skaggs (R) for State Senator District 36
Joseph C Tiano (R) for State Senator District 39
David M Gallegos (R) for State Senator District 41