For many politicians on the left “equality” is more important than “prosperity.” The view is that the rich shouldn’t be too rich regardless of whether taxing the rich actually hurts the overall economy.
The problem is that New Mexico, a State that has largely been dominated by the left for its modern history, has not only been poorer than its neighbors and a vast majority of US states, it is also more unequal. See the chart below from the website Statista which ranks states based on the Gini coefficient measure of income inequality.
Of special note is that four of the top 5 states in terms of inequality (New York, Connecticut, California, and New Mexico) are “deep blue” states while a majority of the least unequal states (with the exceptions of Hawaii and Vermont) are red states.
Find more statistics at Statista