Q&A: House District 70 Robert Anaya

  • NAME: Robert  A. Anaya
  • OCCUPATION: Higher Education Manager/Rancher
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: 25 Years Government and Administration
  • EDUCATION: Licensed Teacher/ Bachelors/Masters
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Anaya4District70.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? Evaluation of baseline essential functions and budget department by departments; and provide recommendations related to potential cuts and reductions; and review recommendations statewide, prioritize recommendations for progressing on streamlined budgets.
  2. 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?Continued data driven evaluation and re-evaluation of changes advanced in recent sessions to improve educational outcomes; and more involvement of teachers and educators statewide, in providing input and recommendations to improve our overall educational system.
  3. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code? It has continuously been said our tax system is outdated and regressive. There have been task forces and committees reviewing how … we advance the recommendations that make most sense and create a shift in the overall system.
  4. Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico and taxing its sales? I support legalizing in a controlled manner potentially phasing it in, in targeted areas as an initial phase. Evaluation of states that have already implemented is important to the overall opportunities and challenges associated with legalization.
  5. 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? The fund needs to be preserved and continue to be sustainable. That said the fund was set up as a “rainy day fund.” It’s raining as it relates to education and our children, let’s invest more now for education but be cautious to not open up the fund to everything.
  6. Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party? I am open to change, I guess that change would beg the question as to why have a primary if it’s open to everyone? I am open to an overall look at the electoral system what works and what doesn’t overall. I do not support the recent legislative recommendations that request a populous election as opposed to utilizing the electoral college for presidential races.
  7. Do you support or oppose repealing a long-dormant 1969 state law that outlaws abortion, except in limited circumstances? The law does not reflect a the law of the land I support peoples rights to determine their own needs.
  8. 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 am open to evaluating capital project selection and completion. I support disclosure.
  9. Do you support or oppose requiring lobbyists to disclose which bills they advocate for or against? I support disclosure
  10. 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? Energy renewable expansion is always an opportunity. Coordination of efforts statewide to attract more industry and business. Education improvements Early Childhood, K12, Higher Ed. (including vocational); and housing Improvements to assure we have workforce housing; and access to services, and activities that afford residents a high quality of life (health, recreational, public safety etc.)
  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 review and amendment to afford people this choice.
  12. 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? I do not support expansion of fracking outside of existing oil and gas extraction areas. I support working with communities that extract oil and gas in southeastern New Mexico and northwestern New Mexico to work towards energy transfer.
  13. What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and improve public safety? Coordination of effort is key from my perspective. More state support of local public safety efforts is important. With resources and between departments, federal, state and local.
  14. Do you support or oppose the practice of legislative budget-writing committees holding closed-door meetings during the crafting of state spending bills? The business of public officials and resource allocation is a public one. If recommendations are crafted in committees or by individuals in leadership or otherwise they should be vetted, explained and justified before they are voted upon.

Personal background

  1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens? No
  2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding? No
  3. 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