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 am in favor of transparency, and feel restoring trust to New Mexicans is important. Would this commission have teeth and what would be the cost of this Independent Ethics Commission?
What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? I favor transparency, New Mexico has the OPA (Open Meetings Act) and the IPRA (Inspection of Public Records Act) for this purpose. I'm open to areas for accountability, and feel the public is entitled to know what is going on in their government.
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 think it’s a good thing providing all legislators do likewise.
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 devil is always in the details, but I think our capital outlay system can be improved. I would like to see projects completed as no one benefits from a project sitting uncompleted.
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, I think early childhood development is good for the child, parent, economy, and New Mexico’s future. The child gets good accredited teaching, teachers get hours teaching, and our state gets the opportunity to have a ready and qualified work force. The children should have more access to books, computers, and materials that they can use to learn.
What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? New Mexico is 46th in the nation in per capita income, and we can do better. Technology attracts good paying jobs and we need to invest in education and skilled training. We need good paying jobs, and we need to give Employers an incentive if they pay x amount of dollars to x amount of employees over x period of time. We need to promote and encourage New Mexico made products to be exported out of state and out of country. Right-to-work law would take us in the wrong direction as this lowers wages and benefits. Wisconsin enacted RTW in 2014 and lost 10,000 jobs the next year.
Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? No, NM ranks 2nd in the nation with the highest percentage of death overdoses per year. We rank 49th in education and 50th in job growth. We have our hands full now with keeping drivers and families safe and providing for rehab for those that want help. The effects of recreational marijuana use may provide the state more money, but the health, safety and education of our children is not worth the risk.