Geeks are geeking out over the release of the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, set to premiere in the spring.
The movie looks to be mighty entertaining, but New Mexico taxpayers should know that unlike 2012’s The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War was not filmed in their state.
Six movies in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” series have been produced since The Avengers: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. Not one was shot in New Mexico. Looking further ahead, neither Doctor Strange nor the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy will be be shot here.
The Foundation has repeatedly examined and analyzed the data that expose the state’s film-subsidy program as expensive and ineffective. But Marvel’s obvious lack of interest in returning to New Mexico makes its own statement about the Land of Enchantment’s ability to successfully compete in the Hollywood-subsidy game.
Recently, former NM State Senator had a column in the Albuquerque Journal in which he laid out several long-standing liberal priorities: a higher minimum wage, gun control, caps on interest rates for payday loans, campaign finance reform, and term limits. I like former Sen. Fischmann and we agree on several things (including term limits), but he conveniently omits a number of free market policy reforms that also poll well, but have failed to gain traction (mostly in the Democrat-controlled New Mexico Senate) in recent years.
*70 percent of New Mexicans support adoption of a”right to work” law
*68 percent support reducing worker’s compensation benefits when workers show up drunk or stoned on the job and injure themselves.
*No less than 62 percent support school choice tax credits.
These are just a few significant free market issues that have polled well. I’d like to see if the public thinks the Legislature should act to explicitly allow ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft to operate in New Mexico. Legislation on that also died in the New Mexico Senate. I’ll bet it is a strong majority though.
As much as I like polling and finding out what the public wants, we don’t have a direct democracy. Government is not run on polls alone. And then there are the ambiguities of polling. For example on the minimum wage: once job losses due to minimum wage hikes are mentioned (and we know jobs are lost when minimum wages rise), support for raising the minimum wage reverses as shown below. Polling can be helpful and we’d definitely like to see some of these free market ideas voted on (at least), but implementing public policy isn’t as easy as just doing a poll.