Bill G. Tallman

Senate District 18

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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? - make the public hearings more physically accessible and easily assessed on line; close loopholes re: financial reporting; enhance the auditing of reports so that voters can be confident in the system; increase penalties for violators of elections and finance reporting laws and finally, enhance the public reporting portal so that donations are cross-referenced.

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. I would support the reform of the capital outlay system as set forth by the think tank Think New Mexico which proposes that the state legislature create an independent Capital Outlay Planning Board which would develop an annual infrastructure plan using a merit based process that ranks projects based on criteria established by the Legislature and Governor. Other suggestions include requiring a local match, requiring the projects to be fully funded on a annual basis and setting a minimum monetary amount for each project.

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 to invest more so that every 3 and 4 year olds are able to attend early childhood education. Many policymakers have considered early education initiatives as a school readiness strategy. Now, according to the National Conf of State Legislatures, economic experts are offering another reason: increasing evidence shows investments in early education may be considered as an economic development strategy. One study of a model pre-school program yielded more than $8 for every $1 invested, far exceeding the rate of return on other economic development subsidies."

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? attract new businesses by improving the quality of life by reducing crime and improving education: encourage a "buy local" economy; invest in our roads, bridges, airports and other crumbling infrastructure; invest in renewable energy research; assist small business: encourage more risk taking since NM too quick to reject new ideas and reduce the pyramiding of the GRT.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? Yes for several reasons. Illegal substances can be controlled in ways illegal ones cannot; prohibition results in wasted law enforcement resources and ruined lives; there is strong evidence that cannabis has legitimate medicinal effects and finally, there are less problems with addiction and dependence associated with cannabis as compared with tobacco and alcohol.