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OP-ED: GOP bill is tax scam, not tax reform

OP-ED: GOP bill is tax scam, not tax reform

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Richard Ellenberg
Published 8:46 p.m. MT Dec. 16, 2017
 
We all know that we need a simpler, more transparent tax system. But what Republicans, including Congressman Steve Pearce, are trying to pass under the guise of tax reform is not tax reform — it’s a scam. It’s a scam that will force ordinary Americans to pay for tax breaks for the wealthiest and largest corporations.
 
New Mexicans deserve to know how the Republican tax scam will impact our families.
 
The Senate Republican tax scam would increase the average New Mexico family’s taxes by approximately $100, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic policy. You want to know what $100 means to a family? It’s two to three tanks of gas, a week’s worth of groceries, a month’s electricity bill … these are the things that the Republicans want to take away from New Mexico families.
 
And what exactly will this tax increase pay for? Huge tax breaks for the wealthiest individuals and corporations — they will see their taxes decrease by more than $4,000 under the same bill.
 
Democrats in New Mexico’s congressional delegation voted against this scam, while Steve Pearce supported forcing New Mexicans to pay for his well-connected friends’ tax break. And just last week, Governor Martinez voiced her support for the scam, which is no surprise considering the fact that it will put 1,214 educators at risk of losing their jobs.
 
Tax reform is needed and can be done with bipartisan support. Democrats are eager to work on a tax plan that will be fair and benefit everyday New Mexicans. Instead, Republicans are forcing their irresponsible bill through a process without public support, without regular order, and without giving voting members of Congress the ability to review the bill. It’s shameful.
 
On top of all that, the Republican tax scam has serious consequences for our nation’s economic security. Without investing a dollar in our communities, this bill will cost $1 trillion in lost revenue due to tax breaks. Republicans talk a lot about the deficit, using scare tactics when Democrats want to invest in our communities. But when it helps their donors, their concerns disappear. And this tax scam is just one step in a process to take away many other services from New Mexicans. Republicans are planning for this huge increase in the deficit, so they can use that as a reason to cut Social Security and Medicare. The Republicans plan to pay for their tax breaks on the backs of working families. It’s not right.
 
Congressman Steve Pearce and Republican Governor Susana Martinez support a scam that gives President Trump and his well-connected friends with the most money more money, while New Mexicans suffer to pay for it.
 
Democrats want real tax reform that helps New Mexico families and makes a fair playing field for everyone.
 
We encourage everyone to call Congressman Steve Pearce and tell him that we know his tax bill is a scam, and that we won’t forget this scheme when he asks for our vote next November.
 
Richard Ellenberg is chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
DPNM: It’s Clear Democratic Candidates Are Ready to Build Opportunities for New Mexico Families, Focus on Solutions 

DPNM: It’s Clear Democratic Candidates Are Ready to Build Opportunities for New Mexico Families, Focus on Solutions 

Albuquerque, NM – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after candidates for New Mexico’s first congressional district presented their visions for New Mexico during an introductory candidate forum.
 
“It’s clear that our strong field of Democrats are ready to build opportunities for New Mexico families and focus on solutions. Democratic candidates care about the same issues our families are about and are ready to work to create jobs, support our schools, build safe neighborhoods, expand access to healthcare, and lower the cost of living.”
 
Today’s public forum participants included: Paul Moya, Damon Martinez, Antionette Sedillo Lopez, Damian Lara, Debra Haaland, Pat Davis, and John Abrams.  
 
A recap of the forum will air during the KOB 4 evening newscast at 6 pm. 
Democratic Party of New Mexico Moves on Trailblazing Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

Democratic Party of New Mexico Moves on Trailblazing Sexual Harassment Prevention Program

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) is moving on their trailblazing sexual harassment prevention program. Today, DPNM released their policy to proactively prevent sexual harassment and assault by requiring candidates to complete a comprehensive training program with a focus on creating safe work environments and implementing effective reporting guidelines. New Mexico’s state Democratic Party is one of the first state party organizations to implement a policy of this kind in the country.

The Democratic Party of New Mexico requested the assistance of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (NMCSAP) to ensure there are clear and specific guidelines to increase the impact on building workplaces where volunteers, canvassers, and staff feel safe and empowered.

The outline of the policy states, “The Democratic Party of New Mexico acknowledges that sexual harassment, assault, and violence is a pervasive issue that plagues both sides of the political spectrum and is far-reaching in society. With community action on this issue, we are focused on proactively preventing sexual harassment and assault, creating an environment where anyone feels safe coming forward and setting the standard to build work environments that are professional and respectful.”

The program announcement is just the first step in setting clear guidelines that seek to set a gold standard of conduct for all New Mexico political campaigns. The Democratic Party of New Mexico is currently developing specific guidelines with the expertise of NMCASP that will be distributed to campaigns early next year.

Kim Alaburda, Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs said, “Our organization is tackling this issue head-on and we’ve seen an outpouring of requests for information. We are putting our focus on creating substantive changes. The Democratic Party of New Mexico has taken an important step to combat sexual violence. As we move forward, we will be developing comprehensive programs that will create a culture of accountability, respect, and dignity in the workplace. We welcome other parties and agencies to follow the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s lead.”

Specifically, the program:

  • Requires candidates to complete a sexual harassment prevention training session in its entirety in order to receive support the State Party provides;

  • Requires that each campaign have a robust anti-sexual harassment policy that includes independent review and investigation of reported harassment that protects the privacy of the person who experienced harassment, a highly structured disciplinary action plan, anti-retaliation clause, reporting guidelines, canvasser and volunteer safety, and disclosure transparency;

  • Enforces the new policy by limiting resources available through the State Party if requirements are not met, including access to the voter file, data support and training, volunteer-based outreach, public speaking opportunities at State Party Events, press assistance, social media advisement, featured promotion on State Party literature or email program, event access, and administrative support.

The program outline is available here

DPNM Statement on Senator-elect Doug Jones Victory in Alabama

DPNM Statement on Senator-elect Doug Jones Victory in Alabama

New Mexico – 
 
Tonight, the Democratic values of dignity and respect prevailed, and Alabama elected a candidate who will focus on investing in the state, stand up for local communities, and hold President Trump accountable.
“This is a victory for the American people, and a signal that in 2018 we will elect candidates right here in New Mexico who will put our state back on track and pull us out of the rut this Republican Governor has put us in.”
DPNM: It’s clear Pearce is playing politics with the lives of women, their families

DPNM: It’s clear Pearce is playing politics with the lives of women, their families

New Mexico – Today, Steve Pearce put out a press release touting the fact that he continues his long effort to limit New Mexico family choices and play politics with women’s health.

“New Mexico is a place where women are respected and feel safe making personal decisions about their own health without government interference. It’s clear Pearce is playing politics with the lives of women and their families by pushing a wedge issue that doesn’t have anything to do with the health of New Mexico families,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Steve Pearce has a long history of obstructing women’s health initiatives. In 2015, he supported a measure that would have limited state funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides contraceptive treatment, cancer prevention screening, and other primary health services. When Pearce pushed this issue in 2016, there was a clear indication that his panel inappropriately used taxpayer dollars on a report which sought to criminalize women’s healthcare providers in the state. And just this year, Pearce fundraised on his attack against women’s health.

REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

REMINDER: N.M. House Republicans Killed Pipeline Safety Bill Two Years Ago

New Mexico – With a major pipeline disaster in Loving, New Mexico this week, a bill that would have increased safety precautions is pushed into the spotlight. In 2015, Democratic Representative Bill McCamley (Las Cruces) introduced House Bill 33, which would have guaranteed safety oversight of intrastate pipeline facilities on behalf of New Mexico, but New Mexico House Republicans killed that bill in committee. 
 
“Workers and families across our state deserve safe communities, but Republicans put their political ideology ahead of the safety of New Mexicans. When disasters happen that could put families and workers in danger, we need to look for solutions, and two years ago Republicans stopped a solution that would have increased safety,” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. 
 
In 2015, Republicans held the majority in the New Mexico House and N.M. House Bill 33 was never heard in the N.M. House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee, under the former Republican Chair of the committee James R.J. Strickler.   

N.M. City with Democratic Leadership Ranks in Top Safest Cities in the State

N.M. City with Democratic Leadership Ranks in Top Safest Cities in the State

Las Cruces – The New Mexico city with Democratic leadership just made the rank of one of the safest cities in the country according to, an analysis by Wallet Hub. Las Cruces ranked 32 out of  182 cities.

“Democrats believe in community-driven policing, supporting law enforcement, and investing in our communities  When Democrats lead, we can attack crime through many avenues and build strong communities in the process–Las Cruces is a great example of this, ” said Richard Ellenberg, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair.

The Wallet Hub compared 182 cities across 35 key indicators of safety, including assaults, hate crimes, road quality, and unemployment.

 

DPNM Statement on Aztec High School Shooting

DPNM Statement on Aztec High School Shooting

New Mexico – The Democratic Party of New Mexico released the following statement after reports of a shooting at Aztec High School were confirmed:

“This news is heartbreaking. Our hearts are with the Aztec community, Aztec High, and the victims’ families. We renew our call for real solutions to gun violence, so no community has to go through this again.”