Here’s an idea about a unique leverage point New Mexicans have regarding what we can do about the tax bill.
We all know that calling Congressional legislators is fairly useless if you are not a constituent of theirs.
Now that he’s running for Governor, I believe Representative Steve Pearce may be vulnerable to pressure regarding the federal tax bill because his constituency has now changed. As long as he stayed in his Congressional District, he had a good chance of being re-elected, but if he wants to be Governor, he needs to appeal to a state-wide audience, and the tax bill is very unpopular.
I propose a short term but intense campaign, putting a spotlight specifically on Pearce and the tax bill. If he ultimately votes for the bill, at least it will have been highlighted for use in the gubernatorial campaign.
Letters to the editor can be extremely short – needing to be no more than “Why is New Mexico Congressman Pearce, who is now in the running to be our Governor, supporting a bill that raises my taxes and takes hundreds of millions of dollars from New Mexico?” In fact the really short LTEs have a better chance of getting published.
Wonks can go to town with longer op-eds; organizations can create demonstrations or place bill boards; and anyone can call in to local talk radio, and especially, everyone should call his office.
We have networks all over the state. Encourage efforts from Taos to Las Cruces and everywhere in between. Indivisible even has branches in Pearce’s own turf.
Please, everyone write, call, and pass this along. It could be fun, but time is of the essence. This initiative must happen immediately while the House and Senate are reconciling the two bills each chamber passed.
Below is the LTE I’m submitting.
How many readers plan to leave their kids over 5 million dollars? Repeal of the estate tax in the federal tax legislation benefits very few. The legislation also will cost New Mexico hundreds of millions of dollars of mineral revenue, negatively affecting all New Mexicans.
Congressman Steve Pearce voted for this bill. Once House and Senate versions of the bill have been “reconciled,” Pearce has another opportunity to vote for or against.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office concludes that taxes go up for people making less than $100,000 per year, while the .01% benefit greatly. But Pearce intends to vote for the final bill.
It increases the deficit by over a trillion dollars, throws 13,000,000 off health insurance, and cuts Medicare.
Call Congressman Pearce, post on facebook, tweet – tell him that if he wants to be Governor, he needs to care about all New Mexicans, not just the .01%.