Joy Garratt

Senate District 23

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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? I support a bipartisan Independent Ethics Commission that would address corruption and mismanagement in government, including by both elected and appointed officials as well as political action committees and lobbyists. Proceedings must be open and transparent; legislation must carefully address the issue of preventing frivolous complaints motivated by personal animus.

What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? All committee hearings and special commission proceedings informing legislation or changes in New Mexico law by rule should be live-streamed and archived. At a minimum, accurate notes need to be taken and put online in a timely fashion with a easy to locate and access portal.

Would you give permission to the Legislative Council Service to make publicly available the final amounts you personally allocate to various capital outlay projects? Absolutely! Capital outlay money is public money, and projects and their funding should be publically listed in a portal easily accessible to and searchable by the public similar to the campaign finance report portal. Entities receiving the money should be listed along with the names of their officials and/or officers.

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. The capital outlay system needs reforming. Appointing a citizen’s planning commission to review and prioritize projects based on the importance of a project in terms people affected and the urgency of a project’s implementation is one possibility. Adequate funding to complete projects within a specified timeline needs to be guaranteed.

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. It’s essential that we invest more in early childhood development with clearly defined standards for child care facilities in terms of their curriculum (health, social skills, early literacy and numeracy, PLAY) and family education. The Permanent Land Grant Fund needs to be utilized with precautions taken to preserve its value.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? Business, industry, and tourism need to target Asian markets; companies can directly ship New Mexico; month long winter school vacations mean Asian families can select winter sports destinations in our state. Skilled vocational training for the movie, television, aviation, niche agriculture and communication/technology industries needs to be cultivated.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? No, I would not, and I would need far more documentation and research to support it. The decriminalization of possession of small amounts is legitimate, but I have simply seen too many young adults affected in negative ways by recreational use to support legalization at this time.