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? No, at least not as proposed in the last legislative session. While an Independent Ethics Commission looks great on paper, the devil is in the details. I believe that unelected commissioners are a step removed from political accountability for their actions. Also, non-partisanship is very difficult to achieve in practice and there would be significant opportunity for political ""mischief"" with this type of organization. Call me for an interview if you want more of my opinions on this...
What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? I have no specific recommendations. An informed electorate with an inquisitive press works pretty well with regard to accountability.
Would you give permission to the Legislative Council Service to make publicly available the final amounts you personally allocate to various capital outlay projects? Already have...
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. Yes. Some reform is needed. Capital outlay should concentrate resources into infrastructure projects that will still be around and usable when the bonds are retired. There also needs to be a coherent system for prioritizing projects. New Mexico is 1 of 50 States with this system. It is unlikely that we are following best practices.
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. No. The State has limited resources. Involving itself in children's lives from the cradle dilutes these resources that might be more appropriately applied making K-up the best it can be.
What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? The State needs to get out of the business of trying to pick winners and losers. I believe that the three most important factors influencing business decisions to locate or expand here are regulatory hurdles, tax policy, and the availability of an appropriately educated workforce.
Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? No. My good friend and Director of our local drug abuse rehabilitation facility has told me that marijuana makes you lethargic and stupid. We really don't need any more of that in this State.