Q&A: Senate District 9 Jim White

  • NAME: James P. White (Jim)
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
  • OCCUPATION: Retired
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Four Years State Senator, five Years State Representative, 26 years US Air Force
  • EDUCATION: BA, Math/Economics, MA, Systems Management

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? We have adequate revenue for the current fiscal year. The budget signed in March for FY21 will be painfully reduced. Repeal the $230M Early Childhood endowment, reduce reserves to 15%, reduce salary increases.

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? The Administration must continue to challenge the court ruling.

3. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code? Eliminate many GRT exemptions, replace GRT with a sales tax, lower the rate for everyone.

4. Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico and taxing its sales? I oppose recreational marijuana 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? I oppose withdrawing more money from the Land Grant Permanent Fund than is presenting allowed.

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

7. Do you support or oppose repealing a long-dormant 1969 state law that outlaw’s abortion, except in limited circumstances? I oppose repeal of the current law.

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 could support a different capital outlay funding system that allows each legislator to support their communities while allowing the governor to support statewide projects. Disclosure of outlay sponsors could be required; however, most legislators release that information already.

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

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? Support and expand the economic assets we have with tourism, recreation, and all types of energy production. Reform tax policy to makes us competitive with other states, encourage local small businesses to grow, attracts vacationers and retirees, and does not discourage the arrival of new companies.

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 oppose assisted suicide.

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 oppose a moratorium on fracking and oppose additional mandates on renewal energy production.

13. What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and improve public safety? Continue to support law enforcement officers, the courts, the prosecuting attorneys, and prisons. Curbing crime in New Mexico must be a top priority.

14. Do you support or oppose the practice of legislative budget-writing committees holding closed-door meetings during the crafting of state spending bills? All meetings of the Legislature should be open to the public.

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