Legislative Priorities

Main issues

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Retention of Law Enforcement

Matching Funds for Retention from Law Enforcement Protection Fund New Mexico has the worst property crime rate in the country and is ranked as the 2nd most violent state.  While the problems are complex, one of the biggest factors is the lack of law enforcement officers patrolling the streets. Proposal Allows for retention bonuses of $15,000 for law enforcement officers who have at least 20 years of service The Law Enforcement Protection Fund provides $7,500 per officer The municipality or county must provide $7,500 per officer in matching funds

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Judicial Evaluation of Judges

Judicial Evaluation of Criminal Judges The public deserves to be informed about the effectiveness of criminal judges when they are deciding whether to retain the judge or not. Proposal Provides for an evaluation process of criminal judges Evaluation is made of evaluations from defense attorneys, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers in equal parts Within 45 days of the retention election, the evaluation must be published in the three newspapers having the largest circulation in NM

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Pre-Trial Detention Presumptions

Pre-Trial Detention Presumptions New Mexicans want an end to the criminal justice system “revolving door.” One step we can take is to clarify situations in which pre-trial detention is required to prevent violent criminals from being released and committing additional crimes while awaiting trial. Proposal Creates a rebuttable presumption that a person is dangerous, and no release conditions will reasonably protect the public when There is a finding of probable cause that the person committed a felony while on conditions of release for a separate felony There is a finding of clear and convincing evidence that one of the felonies...

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Enroll Inmates in Medicaid

Enroll Inmates in Medicaid A large percentage of inmates in jails and prisons are struggling with mental illness and/or substance abuse.  By enrolling those who are eligible for Medicaid, the can provide health care coverage so that they can receive the mental health, behavioral health, and substance abuse treatment they need. Proposal Requires screening for mental illness and substance use disorder of all inmates who are incarcerated for at least 100 days Correctional facilities must ensure that inmates who are diagnosed with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder are referred to case management, evidence-based behavioral health services, employment services,...

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Felon-in-Possession

Felon-in-Possession Convicted felons who possess firearms and have a history of violent crime are more likely to use that firearm to commit another serious felony and should face more severe punishment to deter future action and to keep them off the street longer. Proposal Increases the penalty for being a felon in possession of a firearm from a fourth-degree felony to a third-degree felony when: The offender has previously been convicted of a serious violent offense The court makes a specific finding that the prior felony conviction was a violent felony offense The court makes a specific finding that justice...

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Main issues

Education

Third Grade Reading

Third Grade Reading Numerous studies have shown that children learn to read until the third grade and then they spend the rest of their time in the educational system reading to learn.  Unfortunately, far too many of our children are allowed to go on to the fourth grade and beyond without knowing how to read.  This drastically reduces the child’s chances of graduating from high school and succeeding in today’s society.   Proposal Identify struggling readers early and give them the extra assistance they need to become proficient readers by the end of third grade. Require school districts to keep...

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Graduation Plan

Graduation Plan In San Marcos, Texas, the school superintendent added a requirement that students complete an application to the nearby community college and take a standardized test to graduate.  The school also provided counseling about how much more money a college graduate earned compared with high school graduates.  The result was an 11-percentage point increase in the number of San Marcos High students who attended a Texas college. Proposal Require that students apply to a college or have committed to an internship, apprenticeship, or military service Require the school district to provide information to graduating students about the financial benefits...

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Text Alerts to Parents

Text Alerts to Parents Parents who are made aware of their children’s school attendance and about upcoming texts are more likely to address these items early and help their children succeed in school. Proposal Requires school districts to notify parents by text message of a student who is absent Requires school districts to notify parents by text message at least two days before a test that will affect the student’s grade point average Parents may opt out of text notifications

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Early Childhood

Early Childhood Providing increased access to early childhood education has proven benefits.  Raiding the permanent fund to pay for these additional programs is irresponsible and reduces the amount of revenue that will be available for critical state government programs in future years. Proposal Use savings from reducing administrative costs to fund early childhood education programs

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Reduce Administrative Costs

Reduce Administrative Costs House Republicans have long argued that too much of the money that goes to fund public education is spent on Administrative Overhead instead of in the classroom.  Think New Mexico reports that only 57.2% of the education budget gets to the classroom. Proposal Implement Think New Mexico’s plan to establish minimum percentages that New Mexico school districts must commit to classroom spending. Research shows that student outcomes improve when school districts dedicate more funding to teachers, principals, counselors, and other student support personnel. Moving 4% of the state’s educational funding from administrative costs to classroom services could...

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Main issues

The Economy

Tax Reform

Tax Reform New Mexico is one of only two states that uses a gross receipts tax (GRT), and it is rated as one of the worst consumption taxes in the country. The complexity of New Mexico’s GRT discourages new companies from doing business in the state, and it pushes in-state businesses to make some purchases out-of-state, further harming our local economy. Proposal Reboot the state’s GRT by eliminating nearly all exemptions, deductions, and Eliminating most carve-outs will: Broaden New Mexico’s tax base and stabilize state revenue streams; Simplify taxes for businesses and increase transparency; Significantly lower the tax rate for...

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