Photo attached: (l to r) Senator Cliff Pirtle, Senator Bill Sharer, Host Diane Kinderwater
Senator Bill Sharer and Senator Cliff Pirtle- "Tax Overhaul and More"
SENATOR WILLIAM SHARER
Senator William E. Sharer (R - Farmington) made the motions
said, "For 30 years, there has been a movement to take the simple common sense step.
Senator William Sharer
Desired Outcomes: Making taxes fairer and simple.
Replaces a real mess with a 2% purchase tax.
This tax we have control over," Senator Sharer
"No more personal income tax, no more corporate tax, no vehicle excise tax.
No exemptions, no deductions, no credits."
Currently, the gross receipts tax rate varies throughout the state from 5.125% to 8.6875% All gross receipts taxes would be reduced to 2% under the overhaul plan.
pointed out the current gross receipts tax in some counties, like Santa Fe, can be over 8% while Albuquerque's gross receipt tax of 7% would be reduced to 2%.
Over 400 state statutes are eliminated in the massive 228 page bill.
"Today's tax system personifies the worst of the worst.
It's time for dramatic change.
Our current tax system is burdensome; unfair; nearly impossible for the average taxpayer to understand; huge; and complicated - in short, it's a real mess," Senator Sharer
said the tax plan says contains:
Only 2% applied fairly pays all the bills," Senator Sharer
is calling the new tax system the "Roadrunner" system.
"The Roadrunner is so powerful, we expect it to raise even more revenue than the current system.
So, we built in two triggers, since we don't want to take even a dime more from our taxpayers than really necessary," Senator Sharer
Those triggers include:
1.Excess revenue generated will help address our crumbling infrastructure, roads and bridges, making the Land of Enchantment safer for all of us.
2.After the infrastructure is repaired, we'll lower the tax rate to put even more money in the pocket of the people.
"Remember, our tax system must be fair and raise only the amount of revenue we need to serve our citizens and grow our economy.
It needs to be easy for the average citizen to understand.
The new Roadrunner system does just that," Senator Sharer
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Bill Sharer said, "This is a convenience bill.
(Santa Fe) State Senator William Sharer of Farmington renewed his oath of office in the Senate Chambers just after noon today, Tuesday, January 20, 2015.
is one of 17 Republican Senators and 25 Democrat Senators in the New Mexico Senate
The 52nd Legislature
convened after the swearing-in ceremony.
expects the Senate this session to continue being dedicated to moving the state forward.
priorities this session include legislation giving workers in the state the freedom of choice of joining a union or not.
Currently, workers are forced to join a union if one exists in their business or in government.
will also continue to be supportive of the all-important oil and gas industry this session and will continue to spread the word about how critical the oil and gas industry is to the well-being of all New Mexicans.
"In essence, all New Mexicans are in the oil and gas industry, no matter their profession, because the industry pays most of the bills in the state so others do not have to," Senator Sharer
serves again this session on Senate Conservation
Committee and the Corporation and Transportation Committee.
District 1 includes San Juan County in New Mexico.
Senator Bill Sharer
Governor signed today
•Honor recipients of multiple purple hearts to receive additional free vehicle registrations and special license plates
Santa Fe - The Governor has signed today a bill sponsored by Senator Bill Sharer of Farmington.
It will give Purple Heart recipients in New Mexico a specially-designed license plate and a free vehicle registration for all of their Purple Heart awards.
Currently, those with two Purple Hearts can already receive two free plates and registrations, the new law allow increases the number of plates and registrations to all of their awards.
"This is the least we can do.
It is one small way in which we can express our appreciation to veterans who have been wounded while they served their country," said Sharer
said the new law will honor in a small way, but honor nevertheless, all Purple Heart recipients.
State Senator Bill Sharer's (R-Dist 1) reaction to New Mexico State Supreme Court hearing on marriage in New Mexico:
"Whatever the State Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage, it is not necessarily the final word.
New Mexico voters have the final say.
If they don't like the ruling, voters have options.
Voters can change the State Supreme Court judges, they can change their State Legislators, and New Mexico voters could vote on a constitutional amendment defining marriage is between a man and a woman, as it has been since our culture was formed."
speaks on the Senate floor
Photo attached: (l to r) Senator Cliff Pirtle, Senator William (Bill) Sharer, Host Diane Kinderwater
would add provision to identify 55 mph maximum speed on unmarked county roads