The New Mexico Freedom Hour is presented by the Rio Grande Foundation. It next airs on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 12pm to 1pm on 770 KKOB AM. This week, Rob Nikolewski of Capitol Report New Mexico will be sitting in for Paul Gessing:
Nikolewski’s guest will be New Mexico Sen. John Arthur-Smith, D-Deming. Smith is chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee.
The show will be focused on New Mexico’s struggling economy and what the New Mexico Legislature can/will do about it.
Listeners are encouraged not only to tune in and listen, but to call in with questions: 505-243-3333.
Rob Nikolewski over at Capitol Report New Mexico has reported on a new study from the American Economic Development Institute which ranks the various US states on being pro-business or anti-business. According to the report, New Mexico received an overall C grade for 2014 — the same grade it got in 2013 and 2012 — but tumbled from 25th in the AEDI rankings to 35th, tying Oklahoma for the most precipitous drop of the year.
See the chart below:
The top 10 states in the AEDI survey this year were (9 of the top ten are right to work). Lack of right to work is not the only problem New Mexico faces as is clear from the data, but it is obviously a major factor in determining whether a state is business-friendly or not:
6. North Dakota
9. South Carolina
10. South Dakota
The bottom 10 consisted of (all of the bottom 10 are not right to work/forced unionism states):
45. West Virginia
47. New Jersey
48. Rhode Island