Vicki Chavez

House District 32

Affliation: R

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City: Deming

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, I support oversight for the branches of government through an Independent Ethics Commission.

What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? Ensuring public trust is a priority for me and there are numerous measures that could be implemented to foster that trust. Talking to people and examining current systems to identify existing weaknesses and then working with stakeholders to address them is the first step.

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

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. There are finite resources available for capital projects and we must allocate them in an equitable and strategic way. Looking at needs across the state and prioritizing them would be one way to start reforming this system.

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. Studies show that spending on early childhood education is a smart, proactive investment. Our early childhood providers are underpaid and access to quality early childhood care is limited in our rural areas. I support investing in this area, however, we must be extremely thoughtful about how we fund it so as to not jeopardize our long-term solvency as a state.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? Diverse industries are needed to protect our economy from market fluctuations. We need to bring businesses that export a good or service so that new money is brought into our state. To do this, we need a simplified tax code, cut burdensome or redundant regulations, and simplify the paperwork required to be in business.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? I am not opposed to supporting legalization as outlined in this question, however, voters should vote on the matter and at this point, cannabis is still illegal at the federal level. We would need to work through this in order to move forward.