Martinez is 6th “least popular” gov in the country: What do the falling approval numbers actually mean?

This week, a national polling company released findings showing that Governor Susana Martinez, already the two-time recipient of “worst run state” award, is now also the 6th LEAST popular governor in the country. This after her approval rating has dropped a full ten points since the beginning of this year. As Martinez moves into the final year of her governorship, it’s really not hard to look back over the last seven years and find a litany of blunders, bad policy, and downright criminal behavior. Not to mention the infamous Pizza Party that brought worldwide attention, unfortunately, to Martinez and the state. But what is it about this year that has New Mexicans fully pulling their support from the two-term Republican even as her party has taken the highest seats in government?

REPORT: Trump’s economic plan would lower New Mex. home values by $63k (each)

How much would Donald Trump’s economic plan impact regular New Mexicans?  That’s been hard to pin down, in part because Trump declined to give specifics for months. But after Trump rolled out some components of his plan last week, the number crunchers got to work to see just how the Trump plan would impact homeowners and working families in each state. In New Mexico, you, me and every family who owns a home would see an average $63,000 drop in home values if Trump defaults on the national debt to force a “better deal.”  

Here’s what you need to know:
Just last week, in a speech to the Detroit Economic Club, Trump laid out his clearest vision yet of the economic policy changes he would prioritize as president: tax cuts that favor the wealthy, including a reduction in the top tax rate, the elimination of the estate tax, and a doubling down on other tax treatments that help the wealthiest while removing safeguards that have protected Americans’ consumer, environmental, and other economic interests.[4] Like proponents of trickle-down economics before him, Trump ignores the mounting evidence that the policy has failed to produce income and other economic gains for anyone except the wealthy.[5]…

Corporate Welfare Comes to Santa Fe (Again)

Voters simply do not have any appetite for broad based tax breaks this year, especially those that would go to the wealthy and big business. – Third Eye Strategies
As working families struggle to make ends meet; as wages stagnate; as the middle class erodes; and as corporate profits reach new heights you might hope that your representatives in Santa Fe are doing everything they can to build an economy that works for everyone. Some legislators certainly are, others, not so much. The House Republicans’ obsession with corporate welfare was on display today in the House Ways & Means Committee as Rep. James Strickler presented a bill to reduce the corporate tax rates of people who net over $500,000 a year. You may recall that just two years ago a controversial corporate income tax break was rammed through in the last seconds of the session that reduced the corporate income tax rate by over 2% (from 7.9% to 5.6% over five years).

State's job losses could impact governor's race [SF New Mexican]

From today’s Santa Fe New Mexican:
State’s job losses could impact governor’s race
Friday, May 16, 2014
Job losses in New Mexico accelerated during the past 12 months, making it just one of two states to lose jobs while the rest of the United States was growing, according to data released Friday. For the 12 months ending in April 2014, the state reported a net loss of 4,400 jobs, according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions… and:
[Pollster Brian] Sanderoff said the strongest argument for the Democrats would be to point out that New Mexico’s job growth is weaker than surrounding states and other Western states. “In Texas, Colorado, Arizona, the job growth is picking up,” he said.  
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Doh! ALEC says Martinez-era econ. policies hurt NM economy

How’s that economic recovery plan going, governor? When she was elected in 2010, Martinez promised that her plan to slash corporate income taxes and reduce government services was the plan to expand our private sector and propel New Mexico’s lagging economy far ahead of other states. Three years later, even her supporters are admitting the obvious: the Martinez recovery plan is a bust. First, in 2012 we saw corporate CEO’s drop New Mexico’s ranking in the Best/Worst places to do business. Then, a national business publication ranked Susana Martinez among the worst governors in the country for private sector job growth.