In the days leading up to New Mexico’s gubernatorial election, Democratic candidate Diane Denish has called her GOP opponent Susana Martinez a “tool of corporate interests."
This claim is supported by Martinez’s opposition to long proposed state legislation to close corporate tax loopholes through enacting combined reporting. Martinez calls combined reporting a tax increase on business. Denish sees it as a way to level the playing field between small businesses and multi-national corporations and would use the additional revenue to address New Mexico’s budget shortfall.
When Martinez stated her opposition to combined reporting at a recent debate, Denish called her challenger’s response the “defining moment” of the campaign and said "she'll come down on the side of those big out-of-state corporations every single time. She won't close that tax loophole.”