We have many issues to work on in New Mexico. Here are some of the issues I am working on:

 

Economic Development

Offer incentives for businesses which create high-paying jobs

Develop a regional ABQ economic development plan by coordinating the efforts of city, county and state agencies

Increase our quality of life. Since technology enables businesses to locate most anywhere, we need to improve our quality of life to be a more attractive destination. 

Increase the local purchasing preference from 5% to 10%

Encourage a "buy local" economy

Offer tax credits for hiring unemployed workers

Invest in our roads, bridges, airports and other crumbling infrastructures

Ensure New Mexico is a leader in renewable energy. New Mexico should be doing more to take advantage of being the third sunniest state in the country. 

Invest in renewable energy research

Offer tax incentives to companies investing in green buildings and technology

Assist small businesses

Put New Mexicans and New Mexico businesses first - not the insurance and drug companies


Education

Improve resources, training opportunities and provide more resources to our hard-working teachers

Reduce number of top-level bureaucrats by shifting decision-making to individual schools

Teach skills that match the evolving needs of employers to ensure a better-prepared work force

Decrease class size

Adequately fund pre-kindergarten (early childhood education) to help ensure school readiness

Increase the involvement of parents, businesses and citizens in the education of our children

Make recess, and activities such as art, music, and sports, mandatory. Physical activity and creative-thinking activities help kids recharge their brains and develop skills in teamwork

Prioritize diversity; studies show that attending a diverse school can lead to higher academic achievement

Start classes after 8:30 a.m.;  federal officials and medical experts are calling for middle and high schools to start later so as to help kids get 8 hours of sleep since adolescents are hardwired to stay up until 11 pm or midnight

Design food-to-table opportunities that encourage healthier eating and teach kids how food is grown


Criminal Justice

I will work toward real and innovative solutions to ensure that our communities are safe and secure. With that in mind I propose the following ways to reduce crime:

1)  More police officers  I support the Albuquerque Police Department in its efforts to recruit more police officers. The Department is down almost 300 officers from an authorized force of 1,100. 

2)  Job Creation  I support the efforts to create more jobs. (See my program under “Economic Development.")  High unemployment is usually associated with an increase in the crime rate.

3)  Data-driven approach  I would support a modern prosecution strategy that emphasizes violent crime prevention through innovation, intelligence-sharing and data analysis.  In order to make our families safer, we must take full advantage of the revolution taking place in information technology and uses modern tools to take on the most dangerous offenders.

We must recognize that a small number of criminals commit a disproportionate amount of the violent crime in our communities, and our prosecutors must target those individuals using the most advanced data analytics that look at multiple factors.

4)  Community prosecution strategies  Going hand in hand with a new, data-driven approach the local prosecutors should fully implement a community prosecution strategy that will enable prosecutors to understand and address the particular criminal needs of various neighborhoods.  This strategy calls for the prosecutors to be responsible for a distinct geographic area. Consequently, prosecutors, by working closely with designated area commands within the local police department, will be able to track high risk individuals and criminal organizations more closely.

5)  Make use of DNA evidence  By vastly improving our ability to identify and arrest suspects, DNA evidence has the potential to be a powerful crime fighting resource.  Urban Institute research shows that the use of DNA evidence in burglary cases leads to the identification and arrest of twice as many suspects as traditional investigation tactics.

6)  Help ex-offenders find secure living-wage employment  Securing a good paying job can help returning prisoners remain crime-free once they go back to their communities. Studies found that the more they earned during the first two months following their release, the lower their chances of returning to prison. Those who earned over $10 an hour, for example, were half as likely to return to prison as those whose hourly wages were less than $7. This will also include career training and partnerships with local businesses. The Roadrunner Food Bank, which distributes food statewide, has had outstanding success with hiring ex-offenders who have proven to be loyal, hardworking and dedicated employees.

7)  Monitor public surveillance cameras  Some recent high profile crimes have demonstrated the crucial role public cameras can play in investigations of criminal events. Cameras can be a cost effective means of preventing crime.  In Chicago, every dollar spent on cameras yielded over $4 in savings in court cases, incarceration and pain and suffering associated with prevented crimes. Cameras are most effective when there are a sufficient number of them and they are monitored by a trained staff. 


Ethics and Transparency

It’s time to restore public trust and confidence in our political system. We can restore integrity by holding elected officials, government employees, candidates, and lobbyists accountable. As your State Senator, I will work to create a non-partisan statewide ethics commission and drastically improve the state’s election laws:

Enhance the public reporting portal at the Secretary of State’s office, using the latest technology so that donations are cross-referenced from various entities to ensure compliance and accurate reporting

Close loopholes and confusion on reporting

Require more accurate reporting with mandatory descriptions of expenditures, services and in-kind donations

Enhance the auditing of reports so that voters can be confident in the system

Increase penalties for those who break elections and finance reporting laws and rules