Results Champion?: NO
New Mexico has one of the worst set of state outcomes in the entire nation. With the exception of its environment, the state has great room for improvement. This is not to say New Mexico is without hope. More, it is a great opportunity to know where it stands in relation to other states and start catching up to the next state ahead in the rankings.
The state has poor outcomes scores in education, economy, safety, infrastructure, growth rate, job growth, poverty, rate of uninsured, and government spending. Crime rates are also a major concern.
The first priority should be the areas of lowest performance, education and economy. While some of the college outcomes are average or better, New Mexico falters in K-12 outcomes, and focusing on these areas is a must. After this, reducing poverty, encouraging new jobs and growing the economy are New Mexico’s best options. Crime rates and cost of corrections are high, and reducing these (perhaps in partnership with Arizona due to its similar safety performance) would greatly improve New Mexico’s standing among the states.