Our View: CARE package sounds great

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By The Staff

Well, it’s Aug. 15. That’s the date the governor has set for his big push. And that push has gotten even bigger.

At first, the plan was to call the Legislature back in September to get them to pass his health care reform measure – the one that died in the January session.

Now his call includes a request for more highway funds and his much CARE package that is now the centerpiece of the upcoming special session.

The governor wants to give New Mexicans back some $210.6 million in relief from high gas prices. That sounds great – and is going to be as useless as the federal tax rebate.

We need solutions to our problems, not gimmicks. But what seems like gimmickry is what government does best, so on with the games.

In his CARE plan, every New Mexican will receive an income tax rebate this fall. The amounts depends on how much you earn.

You’ll get $150 for each taxpayer plus $40 for each dependent for taxpayers with adjusted gross incomes up to $60,000; for those with incomes from $60,000-$65,000, the credit would be $125 for each taxpayer and $34 for each dependent; for $65,000-$70,000, the credit would be $100 for each taxpayer and $26 for each dependent; and for incomes higher than $70,000, the credit would be $75 for each taxpayer and $20 for each dependent.

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