City: Las Cruces
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, Furthermore I have already asked to co-sponsor the proposal passed out of the House last year with Jim Dines if both he and I are re-elected.
What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? Pass an Ethics Commission (see above). Limit the time and amount of money that can be spent on elections, which includes advocating for the reversal of Citizens United. Require all legislative webcasts to be archived. Allow for Skype testimony during committees when appropriate.
Would you give permission to the Legislative Council Service to make publicly available the final amounts you personally allocate to various capital outlay projects? I already have. Furthermore, for the last two years I have published my allocations on my Facebook account.
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 placing responsibility for Capital Outlay funding in the hands of a separate infrastructure board if the process it is open, transparent, based on a set of pre-arranged criteria, and includes geographic diversity in representation.
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 have, and continue to support, the proposals that use a small amount of the permanent fund for this purpose. I also support legalization of marijuana with proceeds to be used for education.
What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? Invest in infrastructure and workforce development targeted at areas with potential for growth, like border trade, tech businesses based on research at labs and universities, film, and value added agriculture (examples include cheese plants, wineries, and salsa bottlers).
Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? I have and will continue to sponsor this proposal. Treating marijuana like alcohol puts money in the hands of legitimate businesses, educators, and the police instead of drug cartels. It has been a net positive in other states and has wide public support here.