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The Impact on New Mexico’s Budget of
Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry

Introduction to the report by M.V. Lee Badgett, PhD
by Demian
© June 17, 2006, Demian


One of the complaints made by those wishing to stop legal marriage, is that it will cost too much, in terms of benefits and the like. This argument supposes that finances are more critical than allowing all citizens to be treated equally and have access to a most critical civil right.

This report shows the likely financial scenario that the state would likely make enormous financial gains, once allowing legal marriage.

The Report’s Key Findings
  • Same-sex marriage in new mexico will positively impact the state budget by $1.5 million to $2 million annually.
  • Approximately 2,248 of New Mexico’s same-sex couples will marry in the short term.
  • State expenditures on means-tested public benefit programs will fall.
  • State sales and lodging tax revenues will rise.
  • The state will experience a negligible impact on income tax revenues.
  • Expenditures on state employee benefit programs will not be affected.
  • Administrative costs will be less than fees generated.
  • Revenues generated by the state estate tax will not be affected.
  • No increases in court system expenditures are likely to result.
  • Extending marriage to same-sex couples will benefit New Mexico’s state budget.

This March 2006 report is in PDF format:

        The Impact on Washington’s Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry

   The study is authored by:
        M.V. Lee Badgett, PhD
            The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy
            Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
        R. Bradley Sears, Esq.
            The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy
            UCLA School of Law
        Steven K. Homer
            University of New Mexico School of Law
        Patrice Curtis
            Curtis Research Group
        Elizabeth Kukura
            The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy
            UCLA School of Law


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