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ABQ Passes plastic bag ban but doesn’t ban food containers and straws. The Las Cruces economy is struggling and a local business owner called out specific policies that make doing business there difficult. Conditions in that City are not much different from other NM cities which are also struggling relative to those in neighboring states. Speaking of NM as compared to other states, the latest Rich States/Poor States report is out. NM ranked 47th in economic performance and lags far behind neighboring states. Keller’s budget increases transit spending, but data show just how much of a boondoggle mass transit is in Albuquerque. And the Rail Runner is even worse. Finally, Illinois has passed and its Gov. signed a ban on local RTW just like what happened in NM.