NM House District 27 candidate William Pratt

  • NAME: William ‘Bill’ Pratt
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
  • OCCUPATION: Retired physician
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Long life caring for the sick and injured.
  • EDUCATION: New Jersey public schools; Wesleyan University; Jefferson Medical College; Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

What are the top two things you would do to improve the economy in New Mexico ?

Economy: A. Well educated and motivated workforce. B. Low crime rate

What are the top two things you would propose to address the state’s high crime rate ?

A. Reduce the high rate of Adverse Childhood Experiences by fully funding parent coaching programs. B. Invest in training and education of young men to prepare them to enter the workforce.

How would you address the state’s high DWI rate ?

Addiction disease management. Repeat offenders should be incarcerated in a “re-education” and rehabilitation program and then community service under supervision.

New Mexico now spends about $270 million a year for early childhood programs, such as home visiting, pre-kindergarten and child care assistance. Do you support or oppose a constitutional amendment that would withdraw more money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund to increase funding for early childhood services ?

A constitutional amendment to provide more funds for “home visiting” or parent coaching is my second choice. The first choices for funding are restoring the 8% state marginal income tax rates for people earning over $200,000 and/or increasing the alcohol and nicotine taxes, the “hospital” tax, and others

Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico and taxing its sales ?

Support: Even so, my message to “recreational’ marijuana users is “Get A Life. Marijuana Shrinks Testicles.” Emphasis should be preventing childhood use.

Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party ?


Do you support or oppose raising New Mexico’s minimum wage, currently $7. 50 per hour? If so, by how much ?

Yes. $13. 00.

Do you support or oppose basing any percentage of a teacher’s performance evaluation on student test scores ? Explain.

Oppose. Test scores are mostly a function of family and other student living conditions.

Do you support merit bonuses for teachers who do well on their evaluations? Do you believe unions should have the authority to block such bonuses ?

Evaluations should be limited to school principals. School principals should be evaluated by the teachers and other school staff. Principals set the tone of schools.

Do you think having 32 state institutions of higher education is too many? What would you propose to make higher education more efficient ?

I do not know.

How should the state’s lottery scholarship program be kept solvent into the future ?

I do not know,

Do you support or oppose making New Mexico a so-called right-to-work state, by changing state labor laws so that nonunion employees would not have to pay union fees as a condition of employment ?

Oppose free ride.

Do you favor making New Mexico a sanctuary state ?

The term is too vague. State and local law enforcement agencies should not enforce federal immigration laws.

If an Ethics Commission is approved by voters, at what point do you think ethics complaints should become public ?

After a finding of unethical behavior.

Do you believe the initial police incident reports and videos of arrests and crime scenes should be public ?

Yes. After a few days.

The state faces balloon payments on its Rail Runner debt in 2025 and 2026, a federal requirement for tens of millions of dollars in safety upgrades for the train, and declining ridership. On the other hand, the train is popular with the commuters who rely on it, and the Rail Runner may seek federal funding for the safety changes. Do you support continuing operation of the Rail Runner ?


Do you favor imposing a gross receipts tax on all internet sales ?


New Mexico has more than 100 exemptions and deductions in its gross receipts tax system. Would you favor eliminating some or all of them as part of an attempt to lower the base rate? If so, which ones? If not, why ?

Eliminate all of them to lower the base rate. The gross receipts tax is “regressive.” It increases overall state tax rates of middle and lower income people and lowers the overall state tax rates for high income people.

What would you support to make New Mexico schools safer? Would that include changing New Mexico’s gun laws? If so, what specific changes to the gun laws would you support ?

Changes in gun laws may make a small difference but reducing the number of criminals is more important. I support more effective “background checks” and some restrictions on “assault” weapons.

Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens ? No.

Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding ? No.

Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state ? If so, explain. No.