If you see success and willfully do the opposite, where do you wind up? New Mexico’s neighbors Texas and Oklahoma are creating jobs at the fastest pace in the nation (see the chart on page 3) while New Mexico continues to lose jobs. Notably, Texas and Oklahoma have said “thanks but no thanks” to the federal Medicaid offer or bribe.
This expansion is, of course, being portrayed by backers as an unmitigated boon for state economies, but the reality is that putting people on welfare is not a path to economic prosperity and never has been. Given the makeup of the Legislature, Gov. Martinez will have a limited number of opportunities to actually influence New Mexico’s biggest public policy issues for at least the next two years. The opportunity to say “no” to even greater dependency is one she should embrace.