Mary Kay Papen

Senate District 38

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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. Depending on specifics

What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? Expand Sunshine Portal

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. Open to capital outlay requests.

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 feel we know our districts well and have open communication with them. Legislators should be more responsible for tracking and continue follow up.

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, as each year more money is put in the budget we need to analyze all the out going expenses and make sure the dollars are going to the children and all programs and providers are certified.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? Education is the key - review tax laws in a broad fashion

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? No. We should wait to see the results of the Colorado experiment.