Recent press reports indicate that state workers are lobbying for higher pay. That’s no surprise because we all want higher pay.
The question that needs to be asked and perhaps studied is: “Is New Mexico government losing high-performing employees to the private sector or jobs in other states?” Surely the government has these data…
After all, we at the Rio Grande Foundation understand that governments don’t operate in anything resembling a competitive free market. Before blindly offering raises to government workers simply because “they deserve it,” policy makers should analyze whether the labor market is indicating that New Mexico government workers are indeed “underpaid.” Our past analysis indicates that government workers in New Mexico are both too plentiful and highly paid. Is that still the case?
We know that New Mexico is not creating many jobs these days.