I don't know about the others on your Death Spiral/Moocher list, but New Mexico labors under two burdens. First, better than 50% of the state is owned by the Feds in the form of White Sands Missile Range, Ft. Bliss, various Indian reservations, Los Alamos Labs, three Air Force bases and their associated ranges, and a bunch of national forest and wilderness area. The only land left is the desert area of the Southeast quadrant and the high plains bordering Texas. Therefore, a god-awful bunch of us work for all these guv'mint outfits 'cause that's all there is. The second burden is our State legislature, composed of Democrat Mexicans who think the Patron system of Old Mexico is just the bees' knees. Example - check out our Gross Receipts Tax.