Paul A. Pacheco

House District 23

Affliation: R

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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. Last legislative session I wholeheartedly supported Rep. Jim Dines’ joint resolution that would have created such a commission as I believe that transparency and accountability to our constituents is critical in state government. As a legislator I make myself accessible to anyone who requests a meeting with me.

What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? I am a big supporter of live streaming legislative sessions and committee meetings, allowing the general public to be a part of the process. Additionally, I support digitally archiving these streams so that both the public and legislators can refer back when needed.

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. As I support making public the final amounts of capital outlay funding, I also believe that we as legislators must prioritize funding based on community-wide, quality of life projects such as much-needed upgrades to our infrastructure, including roads and bridges, public safety and public schools.

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 believe that we must invest more in these programs. During my time in the legislature we have made great strides in supporting these programs across the state. Performance-based funding models are critical in establishing priorities and ensuring that these programs are good stewards of public money.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? One of the most fundamental components to a successful and innovative economy is creating safe communities. That’s why I’ve tirelessly worked to clean up our neighborhoods, making our community safer and more attractive to new business. Eliminating burdensome red tape that hinders business must be addressed as well.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? Not at this time. However, I would like to review the economic, public safety and social consequences that legalization has had in states such as Colorado and Washington. I do support the medical uses of cannabis for those who are medically cleared for its application.