Gov. Bill Richardson has rejected calls from some Republicans in the
state to provide relief at the pumps by temporarily lifting fuel taxes in
Instead, the Democratic governor said he might call a special session
of the Legislature if a governor-appointed task force finds significant
evidence of fuel-price gouging in the state.
Sen. Joe Carraro, R-Albuquerque, recently suggested the fuel tax
Carraro told the Santa Fe New
Mexican revenue lost by giving consumers a price break could be
offset by dipping into the state’s surplus, caused in part by levies on oil and
said the state
needs more than just “a piecemeal approach” to deal with
’s rising fuel costs in the aftermath of the
Apart from looking at potential gouging, the nine-member group will be
charged with coming up with a law to stop it, which
has said he would endorse in the
regular legislative session that begins in January at the latest.
they may have been gouged at the pump should contact
’s office at (505) 476-2200 or on
the Internet at governor.state.nm.us under “e-mail the governor.” Consumers can also call the Attorney
General’s Office at 1-800-678-1508.