Deborah Armstrong

House District 17

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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? Website access to information for each department needs to be greatly improved to provide access to staff contact information, public events and meetings, budget and contract information and so forth.

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 have released my allocation for previous year.

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. We need a better system to prioritize and coordinate capital outlay; and only fund those projects that are ready to go or that can be appropriately funded in phases. However, the needs of small community projects must still be addressed so they don’t lose their only way to access capital.

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. We absolutely need to invest more in early childhood. I think allocating a portion of the interest from New Mexico's permanent fund is an appropriate mechanism for funding.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? Investments in alternative energy and legalizing industrial hemp production are two ideas. Legalizing adult recreational marijuana is another. Investment in state infrastructure would also help. Corporate tax breaks have not worked; and entire tax code needs reform to make it more equitable.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? Yes, I would support legalizing, regulating and taxing it. It's less harmful that other legal substances. Not only would it raise revenue but it would decrease police, judicial and incarceration costs if we weren't arresting, trying and jailing for possession of small quantities.