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. An independent ethics commission would help restore the trust people need in their elected officials. New Mexico is one of a few states to not have a mechanism to have an independent investigation of elected officials.
What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? I am working to modify the rules of the Senate to ensure debate is not closed without hearing from legislators with a minority view. I am also working to limit committees from going into closed session to discuss budgets. I am also trying to get simultaneous translation at the Capitol.
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 was one of the first senators to make my allocations public and was unaware that they were not. I will continue to make my allocations available to anyone who wants them. I wish more people cared and payed attention.
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 have been very responsible in how I have spent my capital outlay dollars, using them primarily for infrastructure needs in my district. However, I have seen the abuse and politics that can come up and would be open to reforms.
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. New Mexico does need to invest more in early childhood education. It is the best return-on-investment the state can make. Without other viable alternatives, I support using a small portion of the money flowing into the permanent fund.
What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? New Mexico needs to diversify away from a reliance on fossil fuels. We need to invest in renewable energy, broadband, education, and innovation through our universities and research laboratories. Smokestack chasing of a savior company isn't going to work. We should build from within.
Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? Yes. Other states have seen increases in revenue as a result and have had few negative side effects. Adults should be able to make responsible choices for cannabis use.