John Sapien Misleads Voters on his Record on Taxes
Albuquerque, NM – At the NAIOP Candidate Forum last week, New Mexico State Senator John Sapien misled voters and bragged about not increasing taxes, but his record says otherwise.
Sen. Sapien has repeatedly voted for tax increases and against tax breaks. In 2015 during the special session, Sapien was one of 11 votes against HB 2, a tax relief package strongly supported by the small business community. In a statement to the Albuquerque Journal, Sapien claimed tax relief was “bad tax policy.” Two years earlier, Sapien voted to impose a $5 fee for handicap parking placards, which was vetoed by Governor Martinez.
Sen. Sapien voted in favor of SB 10, commonly known as the “Tortilla Tax,” in 2010. This bill would have reimposed a tax on New Mexican staples including Red Chile and Flour Tortillas. Sen. Sapien co-sponsored SB 595 in 2009 to implement a new lodging tax that while ultimately unsuccessful would have devastated the tourism industry in New Mexico. Sen. Sapien also repeatedly backed Democrat proposals in 2010 and 2011 to raise business taxes to supplement New Mexico’s unemployment insurance fund, claiming the measures would not kill jobs. His record explains why in a candidate questionnaire Sapien answered earlier this year, he dodges questions on whether he’d raise taxes.
“Sapien says one thing to the voters and does something else once he gets to Santa Fe, just like most politicians in office for far too long,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Spokesman Tucker Keene. “No matter how many times he tries to tell the voters that he hasn’t supported higher taxes, his record will not change. Sapien is wrong for small business and is not representing the best interests of his constituents.”