Q&A House District 13 Patricia Roybal Caballero

  • NAME: Patricia Roybal Caballero
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
  • OCCUPATION: Retired, Community & Economic Planner & Developer
  • Current, UNM Adjunct Professor, Chicana & Chicano Studies Department & Community & Regional   Planning Department,  School Of Architecture And Planning
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Incumbent, Elected 2012. 45 Years Community, Economic, Housing, Business Planner & Developer; Community & Labor Organizer;  Non-profit CEO/CFO/executive Director
  • EDUCATION: BA/Sociology & Political Science
  • MA/Community & Regional Planning
  • MA/Public Administration
  • Ph.d/in Progress, Chicana & Chicano Studies
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: patricia4nm.com
  1. What steps should the Legislature take to ensure New Mexico has a balanced budget amid falling oil prices and an economic downturn prompted by the coronavirus outbreak?

First, we need to know what federal relief will be coming and plan accordingly. My priorities are to protect the advances that we’ve made in education and to support the local businesses and workers that have been dramatically affected. This crisis underscores the importance of continuing efforts to diversify revenue.

  1. What more, if anything, should the Legislature do to address a court ruling that found New Mexico is failing to provide a sufficient education to all students?

Public Education must be adequately funded to mitigate historical disparities.  We must also deliver cultural & language relevant education beginning from early childhood to higher education. We need to hold public and higher education accountable with more measurable outcomes in place and the systems in place to accommodate expedient changes as needed.

  1. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code?

It must be reviewed, evaluated and updated to address and accommodate the many changes since last reviewed and to incorporate projections for the future of our economy.  This  should be aligned with determinants planned in our economic development strategies as well as in our overall tax and revenue planning strategies.

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

I support legalizing recreational marijuana use and taxing its sales as part of diversifying our revenue streams and creating jobs.  

  1. In recent years, New Mexico has steadily increased spending on early childhood programs, such as home visiting, prekindergarten and child care assistance, and created a new early childhood trust fund. 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?

Yes, I do, so as to comply with what is outlined in the Yazzie/Martinez court order.  A  comprehensive approach to education begins with early childhood education as the foundational premise & incorporates the support services and resources necessary to lift our children out of cycles of poverty to cycles of opportunity. 

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

No, I believe primary elections are in place to support the existing party system we have in place which allows voters to elect candidates best representing their affiliated values and principles.

  1. Do you support or oppose repealing a long-dormant 1969 state law that outlaws abortion, except in limited circumstances?

I support.  The discussion of abortion belongs solely with the woman, her family, her medical providers and her faith and most certainly not in government.

  1. Would you support a merit-based evaluation system to determine how the state spends its capital outlay funding? Should each legislator be required to disclose which projects he or she funded?

I strongly support disclosure rules. Public servants need to be transparent and accountable with these infrastructure allocations. There are already measures in place so I am cautious about adding additional layers of bureaucracy in the evaluation system.

  1. Do you support or oppose requiring lobbyists to disclose which bills they advocate for or against?

I support this requirement so, I believe in transparency and accountability so I support lobbyist disclosure of bills they advocate for or against.

  1. New Mexico is highly reliant on the oil and natural gas industries to generate revenue to fund state programs, as evidenced by recent oil boom and bust cycles. What are the things you would do to diversify the state’s economy and revenue base?

I would pursue aggressive investment in a renewable energy portfolio with investment and incentives in solar and wind. I would also look today at investing in technologies of the future, with more support to research and development initiatives promoting the technology sector, investments in health and wellness and manufacturing such as hemp and marijuana.

11. 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?

I support removing the current prohibition and allowing aid-in-dying under certain medical circumstances. This discussion should be between the individual, their family and medical doctor. This is a deeply personal decision for an individual and their family.

  1. Would you support or oppose a moratorium on fracking? And should the state impose additional renewable energy mandates as a way to address climate change concerns?

The pandemic is again showing the perils of our dependence on extraction industries for our budget. I support the fastest feasible transition to a more stable revenue picture and clean energy future. I was a proud sponsor of the Energy Transition Act and continue to advocate for community solar programs.

  1. What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and improve public safety?

We have to address crime from every direction and make sure our sentencing laws are appropriate. We must address root causes like poverty and behavioral health issues, support proven intervention programs, support and adequately equip first responders, and support community policing training to build cooperation between communities and police forces.

  1. Do you support or oppose the practice of legislative budget-writing committees holding closed-door meetings during the crafting of state spending bills?

I do not support any closed-door legislative activity unless appropriate to “executive” session criteria. Transparency and accountability are of paramount importance to placing our trust in government which, as legislators, we should be held to.

Personal background

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