Grisham ranks 50th among governors for economic freedom | New Mexico

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(The Center Square) – A new ranking reveals that Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico is the worst governor in the country when it comes to economic freedom.

Grisham is ranked 50th overall in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual report Scorecard of Governors, behind Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, California Governor Gavin Newsom and Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee.

“Grisham’s energyless policies effectively predicted our national economic crisis,” said ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson. “Grisham’s top-down government approach is crippling his state’s economy and hurting hardworking New Mexicans. It’s no coincidence, given its politics, that New Mexico has the highest unemployment rate in the country and is among the states most dependent on federal welfare benefits.

The ALEC report ranked governors based on their executive policies, economic performance, and fiscal policy during their tenure. The New Mexico governor ranked 49th for her executive policies, 46th for her economic performance and 48th for her fiscal policies.

ALEC class South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, Utah Governor Spencer Cox, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are the top three governors in the country.

Nelson said governors with good scores tended to favor lower taxes, energy development and individual freedom.

“Higher-ranking governors tend to cut taxes, adopt policies that encourage home energy production, seek to empower individuals and families rather than empower government bureaucracies,” Nelson said. “Their states also had lower unemployment and less welfare dependency.”

Grisham’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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