Q&A: House District 4 candidate Anthony Allison
- NAME: Anthony Allison
- POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
- OCCUPATION: Retired
- CITY OF RESIDENCE: Fruitland
- RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Navajo Voters Coalition, retired journeyman electrician
- EDUCATION: Gallup High School graduate; 2 years at Eastern New Mexico University; ICS schools – journeyman electrician
- CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Under construction
What are the top two things you would do to improve the economy in New Mexico?
I will fight for infrastructure projects that improve my district. Specifically, I will advocate for improved roads, potable water for all, and expanded broadband internet. I believe investing in our children will help better our economy and I will work tirelessly to ensure that we improve New Mexico’s public education.
What are the top two things you would propose to address the state’s high crime rate?
In order to address the issue of crime in New Mexico, I believe we should invest in community policing and drug treatment and prevention programs.
New Mexico now spends about $300 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?
I support this amendment.
Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico and taxing its sales?
I do not support this. Although it is called recreational, it could be abused and start to aid in crime or become habitual.
Do you support or oppose raising New Mexico’s minimum wage, currently $7.50 per hour? If so, by how much?
I support raising the minimum wage. At a minimum, it should be equivalent to surrounding states, many of which are at $12 per hour. $15 per hour is a good goal.
What steps would you propose taking to ensure the future solvency of New Mexico’s two public retirement systems? Would you support making state workers and teachers pay more into the pension funds?
I believe that the state of New Mexico should live up to their end of the bargain when it comes to these pension funds – state employees and teachers should not have to pay more as they are already paying their fair share.
Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?
I would oppose this at this time.
Do you support or oppose appealing a state judge’s recent decision that said New Mexico has fallen short of meeting its constitutional requirement to provide a sufficient education to all students? And what percentage of the state budget, in your opinion, should go toward K-12 public schools?
I believe the judge’s recent decision on New Mexico’s constitutional requirement to provide adequate education was correct, and I do not favor appealing the decision.
Do you support or oppose the current policy of including student test scores as part of teacher evaluations? If you support the policy, what percentage of the evaluation should the test scores account for? If you do not support using test scores, what should the teacher evaluations be based on?
I am not supportive of the current policy of including student test scores as part of teacher evaluations. Teacher evaluations should be based on teacher performance and classroom observations.
Do you support or oppose updating the current prohibition in the law on assisted suicide in order to allow aid-in-dying under certain medical circumstances?
Based on my personal faith, I support the prohibition (prevention) of any assistance in planned death.
How should the state’s lottery scholarship program be kept solvent into the future?
In order to protect its solvency, the lottery scholarship’s eligibility requirements should be modified so that it is based on financial need.
Do you favor making New Mexico a sanctuary state?
Yes, because local law enforcement shouldn’t be burdened, and we need to focus local police resources on their own responsibilities – for which the trust and faith of residents must be maintained.
Do you believe the initial police incident reports and videos of arrests and crime scenes should be public?
I believe these reports and videos should be made public.
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?
I haven’t had the opportunity to study each of the more than 100 exemptions and deductions, but I’m sure I will support some streamlining. Only those that are truly effective should be kept.
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?
I believe we need common sense gun law reform that will help save lives like universal background checks on all firearms purchases, a ban on bump stocks, a closing of the “gun show loophole.”
In light of recent cuts, would you support or oppose increasing funding for the University of New Mexico athletics program, even if that meant possibly reducing funding for other institutions?
I believe the athletics cuts at UNM were avoidable and short-sighted and the university should do more to get their financial house in order before cutting programs or asking for more funding.
Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
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.
Received a speeding ticket four or five years ago. I think I paid like $45.