Javier Martinez

House District 11

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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

What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? Reform our legislature and legislative process to make it a professional legislature including full time, year-round staff, more frequent (and longer) legislative sessions, possibly salaries for legislators. Also, we need to reform campaign finance and take money out of politics.

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. I already have.

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. Yes - I support the efforts led by Think NM.

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. We need a robust, comprehensive ECE system including home visitation, day care, pre-k and even start. I support investing a portion of the land grant fund to build this system. With an unmet need of close to $400 million, there's no other funding source.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? Reform our tax code so that it's more equitable, particularly for small businesses and the working class. Invest in ECE to ensure a productive, qualified workforce. Develop an sustainable economy that is innovative and taps into our historical expertise: renewable energy, water management, cultural diversity and heritage, expand trade and development along our border with Mexico, and legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? "Yes. See above. Aside from an economic development tool, our laws regarding cannabis are outdated, useless, and costing us more each day to enforce."