Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Tax Cut Pitched To Keep Docs.

Byline: David Miles Journal Capitol Bureau

Cities Need Revenue; Critics Doubt Exodus

SANTA FE New Mexico could prevent more doctors from leaving the state to practice elsewhere if it got rid of its sales tax for physicians, a doctors' group and sympathetic lawmakers say.

But, despite the arguments of the New Mexico Medical Society and legislators critical of the tax, statistics are far from clear about whether there actually is an exodus of doctors from New Mexico. And local governments around New Mexico are deeply worried about the money they would lose if the tax were lifted.

The city of Albuquerque, for example, has estimated that repealing the tax would cost it from $12 million to $15 million a year. …

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