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Q&A: Senate District 9 (D) – John Sapien

john_sapienNAME: John Sapien

POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic

OCCUPATION: Insurance agent

RESIDENCE: Corrales

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Two-term state legislator; Past chairman and member of Central Workforce Board.

EDUCATION: Bachelor of business administration, concentration in finance, UNM.

CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/nmjsapien

1. I support comprehensive tax reform, not just an emphasis on one aspect of our tax structure. We must demand an effective and equitably tax code to assure the services state government provides.

2. Yes, by a percentage equitable to surrounding states and the cost of living in New Mexico. Increases in disposable income by those making the increased minimum wage will result in additional spending in the states economy which will help all New Mexico businesses.

3. I support a comprehensive evaluation for educators, which truly measures the educators’ impact on student achievement, not one based on one high-stakes test. We should develop a system that encourages all educators to perform at their highest levels and thus translates into improved student learning. The system should be transparent and not overly complicated.

4. I have stated with New Mexico’s economic situation we should not prohibit any revenue generating industry into our state. Our neighbor Colorado has had some measurable success which additional revenues has increased funding for education, public safety and infrastructure.

5. No. There are numerous studies that show that retention does not have a positive impact on the students progress, but rather inhibits it. We need better intervention techniques.

6. I have always supported increasing funding for ECE programs. I have helped increase ECE funding in New Mexico by $150 million. I sponsored SB 120, the Early Childhood Education Act, in 2011 which created a council of stakeholders to present recommendations to the legislature for those exact measures.

7. Yes.

8. No.

9. I would not support any legislation that expands or limits any medical options for any New Mexicans which has been ruled under Roe v. Wade.

10. Support on both counts.

11. I am undecided in this matter.

12. All options for creating better infrastructure for all New Mexicans must be available for discussion. Earmarking in this area could prove to be useful but I would be interested in hearing more of the discussion.

13. I supported this legislation during the past legislative session because I represent smaller municipalities which would greatly benefit from the option, but only if the officers are returning to a smaller jurisdiction and not returning to their originating municipality.

14. Yes.

15. I would support expansion as long as their was substantial rehabilitation efforts to include analysis of increased impact on overall costs of increased incarceration to New Mexicans, counseling, job placement and reduction of overall inmate population made during the first and second strike process.

16. Yes.

17. No.

18. I support the archiving of all government hearings including the executive and judicial branches.

19. Oppose.

20. We are a citizen Legislature and I believe that every citizen has a right to serve if elected by the voters.

Personal information

1. No.

2. No.

3. Cited for possession of alcohol placed under judicial advisement, 1988; Accused of DUI, dismissed with prejudice, 1992. Use experience to educate my clients and anyone who will listen 2002 warrant for parking violation, pled guilty paid for violation.

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