Here's one list New Mexico probably doesn't mind topping (along with its usual cohorts, Mississippi and West Virginia): the amount of federal money the state receives in return for every tax dollar it pays.
New Mexico gets $2.80 from the federal government for every tax dollar it pays--the third-highest return on investment in the US.
According to an analysis released today by the Daily Beast, New Mexico paid $8.8 billion, on average, in federal taxes in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In return, the state received average federal funds of approximately $24.57 billion per year.
The state's net gain from the feds, at $2.80, ranks just below Mississippi's ($2.83) and West Virginia's ($2.82).
Arizona ranked 16th, with $1.59 return on the dollar, and Texas came in 41st, receiving just 92 cents on every dollar it pays in federal taxes.