Once a rising star of the Republican Party, more New Mexicans now disapprove of her job performance more than they approve – just 42%, in fact think she’s doing a swell job, according to an Albuquerque Journal poll released today.Martinez has had six years to bring “bold change” and a new economic boom to New Mexico. Despite tough fights, she got almost everything she asked for to enact her agenda: more school testing that frustrates kids and punishes good teachers, corporate tax breaks that created no jobs and opened a huge budget deficit and a deregulated community for some of the state’s biggest polluters (aka, her largest donors).
“New Mexico’s economy and population have been flat since the recession, compared to neighboring states, and at some point that takes a toll,” pollster Brian Sanderoff told the Journal. “I suspect if New Mexico was booming and bustling economically, her numbers would be higher.”
New Mexico now leads the country in unemployment and only Mississippi is worse for child welfare. A combination of the Governor’s short-sighted corporate tax cuts and failure to adopt diversified economic strategies (hello vetoed solar tax credits and cuts to film production credits) have left the state with a half-billion dollar budget deficit.