Debbie Sarinana

House District 21

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City: Albuquerque

Would you vote for the creation of an Independent Ethics Commission to provide oversight of the executive and legislative branches of government in New Mexico? Yes, our state should establish an Independent Ethics Commission with full subpoena power to investigate credible complaints and ensure that elected officials are being held accountable for corruption and mismanagement.

What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? I support webcasting legislative meetings and posting meeting materials in a timely fashion to ensure that those who cannot attend scheduled meetings are still able to engage and comment on issues being considered by their elected officials.

Would you give permission to the Legislative Council Service to make publicly available the final amounts you personally allocate to various capital outlay projects? Yes, the public deserves to know how their public money is being invested and which community projects are being funded.

If you think reform of the capital outlay system is needed, how would you reform it? If you don't think reform is needed, give us your reasons. Our state budgets are a reflection of our priorities. Lawmakers who are in touch with community needs should be able to access resources to invest in our communities and infrastructure across the state. But, we also must ensure that funded projects are ready to move forward so that our limited state funds aren’t being tied up in pet projects.

Does New Mexico need to invest more in early childhood development? If you think it does, in your opinion what is the best way to invest? If you don't think New Mexico needs to invest more, tell us why. Yes. A child’s early years are a crucial development period. To support our children and their educational future we must invest in our kids beginning at birth. I believe that the interest from our $10 billion dollar land grant permanent fund could be a sustainable funding source for early childhood education in our state.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? I support investing in local businesses, job training and building economic development sectors that create good jobs for New Mexicans. I also believe that improving education and creating pipelines to success is essential to our long-term economic success. Finally, we must reform our tax code to ensure that we have the resources we need to fund our priorities by requiring the rich and out of state corporations to pay their fair share.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? As I’ve said before, I think this experiment has worked in other states and the data shows that when legalization efforts are properly regulated and taxed they can raise a lot of money to fund education and other priorities.