State senator from San Juan County chosen for state's new Tax Policy Advisory Committee

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Steve Neville

FARMINGTON — State Sen. Steve Neville, R-Farmington, has been appointed to the new Tax Policy Advisory Committee, which will analyze the state’s tax code and prepare a report for the governor.

The new committee and its members were announced last week in a press release.

It is one of two committees that the governor has created to study the tax system and make recommendations for changes that will ensure fairness, efficiency and equity. The two committees are chaired by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke.

“Tax policy is an important way we express our values as a state and raise the revenue to meet our goals,” Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said in the press release. “These committees will study reform measures thoroughly and help us make sure we get it right.”

The Tax Policy Advisory Committee is tasked with studying the strengths and weaknesses of the current tax system as well as how it compares to other states.

In addition to Neville, other members include:

  • Clinton Turner, tax policy director for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department
  • Sen. Clemente Sanchez, D-Grants, chairman of the Interim Revenue and Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee as well as the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee
  • Rep. Jim Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, chairman of the House Taxation and Revenue Committee
  • Bill Fulginiti, executive director of New Mexico Municipal League
  • Helen Hecth, general counsel for the Multistate Tax Commission
  • Richard Anklam, director of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute
  •  James O’Neill, former tax policy director for the Taxation and Revenue Department
  •  James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children
  • Steve Kopelman, executive director of the New Mexico Counties
  • Rep. Jason Harper, D-Rio Rancho

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at

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