Albuquerque Full of Government Bureaucrats

According to a new report, Albuquerque is among the metropolitan areas areas in the nation most heavily-populated by government workers. According to the report, The Duke City has 21.58 percent of its workforce employed by the public sector.

This does not include Sandia Labs and other government contractors that are NOT direct employees of a government agency. The findings are no surprise to us at the Rio Grande Foundation. After all, New Mexico as a state is more reliant on federal largess than any other state. We’ve also found that New Mexico has the second most state and local workers (relative to private sector workers) in the nation.

We can only go so far with a government-focused economy. Ultimately, it is up to the next Governor (and Legislature) and Mayor Berry to make New Mexico and Albuquerque attractive to potential businesses. This includes low, flat, and fair taxes and regulations. It also includes improving our dreadful educational performance and public safety.

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3 Replies to “Albuquerque Full of Government Bureaucrats”

  1. What a sad commentary. One way to change this dreadful situation is to VOTE… wisely. Government employment is necessary to have certain services in our communities, but it is also an expense to the taxpayers. What is needed is efficiency.
    This may require positions to be surplused

  2. It may already be too late. I suspect that almost all of those government employees (and their dependents) in New Mexico vote, necessitating a turnout by conservatives to beat them at levels the Tea Party can only dream of. Even worse are the bond elections, intentionally NOT held with a General Election. In bond elections, government turns out its employees to vote, and very few others even notice.

    I suppose people justify not voting on the reasoning of there being no real choices, but whose fault is that? Laziness and lack of good grounding in the real principles of a republican form of government are the root causes of low voter turnout.

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