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

Adrian Anthony Trujillo, Sr (R)

for State Representative District 11

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

Ellis C Mcmath (R)

for State Representative District 23

Robert S Godshall (R)

for State Representative District 27

Robert Jason Vaillancourt (L)

for State Representative District 28

Thomas Ray Stull (R)

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

J Scott Chandler (R)

for State Representative District 32

Isabella Solis (R)

for State Representative District 37

William Parrish Kinney (L)

for State Representative District 38

Rebecca L Dow (R)

for State Representative District 38

Luis M Terrazas (R)

for State Representative District 39

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

Michaela M Chavez (R)

for State Senator District 13

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

James S. Williams (R)

for State Senator District 28

Gregory A Baca (R)

for State Senator District 29

Joshua A Sanchez (R)

for State Senator District 30

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