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Senate District 18 (D) – Bill Tallman

NAME: Bill Tallman


RESIDENCE: Albuquerque

AGE: 71

EDUCATION: M.A. Public Administration, University of Cincinnati, 1972; B.A. Political Science, Syracuse University, 1968

OCCUPATION: Retired, 2010-present; vice president, The Mercer Group, 2008-10; Deputy City Manager of Santa Fe, 2007-08; Town Manager, Smithfield, Rhode Island, 2004-06; County Administrator, Isabella County, Michigan 2003-04; City Manager, Norwich, Connecticut, 1993-2002; City Administrator, Moline, Illinois 1985-90; City Administrator, New Castle, Pa, 1977-84.

FAMILY: Wife, Becky, two children, three grandchildren

POLITICAL/GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: Government experience listed above; Finance Committee member, RoadRunner Food Bank, 2011-12; member, Public Involvement Committee, Metro Transportation Board, Mid-Region Council of Governments, 2010-12; member, Mayor’s Recycling Task Force, City of Albuquerque, 2008-09; vice president, Academy Hills Park Neighborhood Association, 2010-12; volunteer mediator, Metropolitan Court, 2010-12.

MAJOR PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Managing well-functioning cities and leading efforts to implement dozens of cost-saving measures, such as implementing performance budgets, initiating self-insurance programs, consolidating departments — all of which saved cities tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

MAJOR PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT: Being happily married for 44 years and providing a stable life for my family and raising two children — both are successful professionals.

1. I support repeal. If that cannot be accomplished I would support breaking the gridlock in Santa Fe by strengthening the law keeping in mind that public safety is our top priority.

2. I support reducing benefits. The unions are well aware of the under funding issues and are willing to contribute more and/or reduce benefits.

3. I support raising the minimum retirement age. I will work with all interested parties to draft policies to make the pension funds sufficiently solvent while protecting taxpayers and ensuring retirement security.

4. No. However I do need to obtain information on why the state contribution to the state employees fund is significantly more than the amount the state contributes to the teacher’s pension fund.

5. NM hospitals support this expansion, which would reduce the number of uninsured working poor, reduce cost by providing preventive care, create 50,000 new jobs and provide more resources for substance abuse treatment. NM ranks #2 in uninsured.

6. Studies indicate that it only helps a small percentage of students. Most students who have been retained don’t improve. Instead, we should be focusing on programs such as early intervention, summer school, reading coaches and parent involvement.

7. Yes, however student test scores should not be a major portion of the evaluation since there are more effective methods of measuring student progress. All stakeholders need to be engaged in redesigning an evaluation system. I favor rewarding excellent teachers.

8. A better alternative would be to review the multiple number of tax exemptions with the idea of enacting a broad base of lower taxes with fewer exemptions.

9. I have not developed a solid opinion on this issue. I can appreciate the arguments on both sides.

10. 80% of minors involve their parents. However, there are young women who have been raped who do not have supportive relationships with their families. Notifying these families could put the girls in danger.

11. No.

12. No.

13. No