Nathan Small

House District 36

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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? Without an Independent Ethics Commission, New Mexico has endured corruption at multiple levels that discourages citizen trust and participation. Stamping out corruption, creating a culture of accountability and transparency, and encouraging more citizen participation all benefit from an independent State Ethics Commission.

What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? Create an independent state ethics commission. Streamline webcasting and archiving of legislative sessions. Bring back combined reporting for lobbyists and lower the limit at least to $50 per gift from its recently raised level of $100. Consider reporting all gifts and contributions to legislators, and accounting for all client/lobbyist payments.

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. The current capital outlay system needs reform. Under the current system, transparency and alignment of state resources with community priorities will benefit by publicly and accessibly reporting and linking to capital outlay projects and amounts.

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. Reform is needed. Currently, some allocations are made by individual legislators and others entirely at the behest of the executive. This system should align more with community needs using technical analysis and a steering committee, community involvement, and funding cycles which offer more certainty to projects.

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. Early childhood development needs additional funding. Pass a constitutional amendment allocating additional Land Grant Permanent Fund. Target most funds to early childhood education, some supporting the social support service integration. Our children suffer the highest poverty rate in American. Early childhood development education and social support helps break poverty cycles.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? Public education, including early childhood builds economic prosperity by creating the best work force. Allow hemp cultivation and expand the renewable energy industry. Follow NM Jobs Council recommendations. Leverage film industry and tourism success. Build an accessible high tech infrastructure and pass family friendly polices to expand workforce participation.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? No response