By: Fidel Gastelum, Reporter
Representatives of the different business chambers of Mexicali and Baja California, offered a press conference yesterday morning at the Canacintra Mexicali, to express their opposition regarding the new Baja California Income Law, in which four new taxes were passed, including payroll taxes, gasoline groups taxes, lodging taxes, and gas lp taxes.
In this regard, Eugenio Lagarde Amaya, president of the National Chamber of the Transformation Industry (CANACINTRA), commented on the confusion generated by this new provision by the State Congress, since far from supporting the business sector, it ended at not only harming them but harming all citizens, who will be affected as consumers in the event of cost increases in products and services.
For his part, Ernesto Elorduy Blackaller, President of Coparmex Mexicali, said that it is disappointing for Baja Californians who voted for new representatives, to see how one of the campaign promises, about not raising taxes, is breaking just six months after taking power. He also described this decision as an outrage to the family economy.
In the same way, Eng. Jaime Navarro, a representative of the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC), criticized the process about how the state assembly gathered together to approve this new law overnight. Moreover, it’s important to note that this wave of taxes adds to the construction tax that already exists exclusively in the Municipality of Mexicali.
Finally, the President of the Lawyers Bar Association of Mexicali, indicated that there are valid legal arguments to reverse this reform, due to the way it was carried out on December 31 overnight on a law that had not yet been published or entered into force, in addition to the fact that state congresses have no power to dispose about fuel gas taxes.