As governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson succeeded in eliminating
New Mexico’s budget deficit, cutting the rate of growth in state
government in half, and privatizing half of the state prisons.
During Johnson’s term, New Mexico experienced the longest period
without a tax increase in the state’s history. He vetoed 750 bills
in eight years, more than all other governors combined. The
Economist dubbed him “America’s boldest governor” – and
that was before he took on drug prohibition. He discussed drug
policy and other issues at the Cato Institute November 1, 2010.