Q&A: House District 17 Candidate Scott Goodman

  • NAME: Scott Goodman
  • POLITICAL PARTY: Libertarian
  • OCCUPATION: Real estate developer
  • CITY OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
  • RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: This is my first time running for elected office, but here is some of my prior community involvement: NAIOP (commercial real estate association): I’ve been on the Developing Leader Board since 2017, and am now serving on the Environmental Governance Subcommittee for NAIOP National 2020-2022; Urban Land Institute: I’ve been a Young Leader since 2017, now Young Leader Co-Chair 2020-2022; Albuquerque Economic Development: Just joined this year.
  • EDUCATION: University of New Mexico, MBA; University of Oregon, BA
  • CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.scottgoodmanusa.com

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?

Long-term, we definitely need to diversify our economy, reduce government waste, and become more fiscally responsible. Short-term we are in a very tough situation all around, so I won’t pretend I can wave a magic wand at the pandemic or oil prices and balance the budget overnight.

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?

Obviously, our kids deserve a good education, but I am not familiar with this legal case or its details so I can’t comment specifically.

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

I am in favor of phasing out the GRT, replacing it with either sales or pollution taxes.

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

Absolutely!

Do you believe changes should be made to the emergency powers held by a governor during a pandemic or other time of crisis. If so, do you believe such powers should be expanded or reduced and in what specific ways?

I am not familiar with enough of the details to have a well-formed opinion, so I won’t comment here.

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

Yes, the government should not be involved in this.

Do you support or oppose enacting a new state law that would allow police officers and other public officials to be sued individually by abolishing the defense of qualified immunity?

I haven’t read up enough on the legal details here, so I can’t comment.

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?

Opposed: when we take money out of the LGPF, even if it’s to help our kids, that money is coming from our grandkids. Also, that endowment gets a lot of its revenue from fossil fuels, which aren’t doing great now with low gas prices and won’t be around forever anyway.

What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its election laws and primary system? Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?

Yes, as a registered independent, I sometimes want to vote for a Democrat or Republican, but I can’t if I don’t play along with the two-party system.

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 don’t know anything about how this works, so I won’t comment.

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 steps should the state take to diversify its economy and revenue base?

I’m a fan of renewables, we have so much sun/wind here we should use it and prosper. Besides that, we have so many labs here, so we should encourage more tech companies to move/startup here, and I have some ideas on how to make New Mexico a tech hub.

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 take climate change seriously, but we need to be smart about it. The best solution is to have a carbon tax to discourage and reduce CO2 emissions across the board. And we could use the revenue offset to reduce other taxes, which would help the economy, not hurt it.

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

Legalize marijuana and rethink the war on drugs because it has failed. Our prisons should be about rehabilitation so that inmates have a better chance at making an honest living when they get out. I list other ideas on my website.

Do you support or oppose the public’s right to inspect footage taken by cameras worn by law enforcement officers? Under what circumstances, if any, should police video be withheld from the public?

As a general matter, yes, I don’t see why not. Some exceptions should be carved out, like if the family of the victim doesn’t want it public, or if it’s part of an ongoing investigation for which non-disclosure is needed.

Members of New Mexico’s business community contend some state laws and regulations need changing so the state can better compete with Texas and Arizona when it comes to attracting companies. What steps do you believe should be taken to improve New Mexico’s economic competitiveness?

We need to get rid of all sorts of red tape that makes it difficult to do business in our state. We also need to make our tax system more efficient and less burdensome. The government should help business thrive, not oppose it.

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

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