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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity in the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
New Mexico’s Democratic governor is voicing support for major provisions of a bill that would increase some income tax rates and apply new taxes to e-cigarettes and online sales.
Gov. Lujan Grisham told reporters Monday that she supports many provisions of a tax-code overhaul approved by the House of Representatives last week but wants something more to support road infrastructure.
Increased taxes on tobacco and a first-time tax on e-cigarettes won praise from the governor.
She also supports efforts to level the playing field between online retailers and walk-in stores in the state by allowing state and local governments to levy taxes on sales by online retailers.
As the state Senate takes up the legislation, Lujan Grisham said she is open to higher personal income tax rates for people earning over $200,000 or over, but has not made up her mind on many provision.
The New Mexico House of Representatives has endorsed a bill that would halt plans to create a state lottery game tied to the outcome of sports.
The bill from Republican Rep. Jason Harper of Rio Rancho passed the House on Monday without opposition. The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.
The New Mexico Lottery sustains scholarships to help state residents attend public universities and colleges. The board of the lottery has been seeking to cash in on last year’s ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court that struck down a federal sports gambling ban.
Harper’s bill also would redirect unclaimed lottery funds directly toward scholarships rather than back into lottery prizes. He says between $2 million and $4 million remain unclaimed each year.