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Senate District 23 (D) – Joy Irvine Garratt

joy_garrattNAME: Joy Irvine Garratt


OCCUPATION: Instructional Coach at Painted Sky Elementary School, Albuquerque Public Schools

RESIDENCE: 10308 Marin Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: former elected member of Town Council in Bridgeport, CT; former state treasurer, American Federation of Teachers, New Mexico; former vice president of Ventana Ranch Neighborhood Association, board member in past of United Nations Association of Albuquerque, ATF building representative, member of Instructional Council of school, volunteer in various organizations

EDUCATION: M.A. in Educational Leadership, University of New Mexico; Post-baccalaureate teaching license course, UNM; B.S. in Liberal Studies, concentrations in history and communications, Excelsior College, USNY


1. In 2003, the top marginal PIT rate was cut from 7.2% to 4.9%. I support increasing it to 5.9%. The corporate income tax (CIT) rate was cut in 2013 from 7.2% to 5.9% resulting in a higher loss of funds to NM than predicted. This must be revisited.

2. Too many teens are babysitting younger siblings while parents work multiple $7.50 an hour jobs. I advocate for the gradual increase of the minimum wage to $15.00 with robust discussion with all stakeholders and special regard to the wages of those still in high school or working as interns.

3. I oppose the current policy. A range of educational professionals affect individual student achievement in any given year and a range of factors, including student mobility, beyond teacher control affect student achievement. It is regrettable that the PED instituted the current system by rule.

4. I oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana use in New Mexico.

5. I oppose legislation that would automatically require some third-graders to repeat the grade level. Students must be looked at individually with consideration for a range of factors; specialized intervention for reading cannot simply stop at third grade. Also, a parent can reject holding back a student once, but not if it is recommended a second time.

6. I support taking more money out of the state’s largest permanent fund. The state auditor must ensure that funds are used for designated programs conforming to strict guidelines, and the legislature must reserve the right to suspend distributions if the fund dips below $10 billion or for other legitimate concerns.

7. I support the creation of a state ethics commission. Some may oppose it because they fear wrongly accused individuals would suffer – a legitimate concern. However, legislation could build in safeguards to prevent this.

8. I oppose so-called right-to-work laws. Unions negotiate for all employees, contribute to increased worker safety and skill acquisition, and benefit the continued growth of the middle class. Right-to-work laws do not guarantee sustained economic growth or that companies will locate in NM simply based on a right-to-work law.

9. I oppose banning abortions after 20 weeks. This is a highly personal decision made by a woman in consultation with her medical provider and usually occurs due to extremely serious medical concerns.

10. I support a law banning coyote-killing contests. I support banning trapping and poisons on public lands.

11. At the present time I oppose updating the current prohibitions. I would simply need far more information on this issue to consider changing my stance.

12. I support this, but also need more information on the nuances of the proposed changes. For example, what projects may, as a result of this change, not get funding?

13. I oppose this. More needs to be done by government entities in terms of training, opportunities and morale to keep law enforcement officers on the job for longer in the first place.

14. As I meet with potential constituents, I have discovered a strong trend supporting this, the argument being that taxpayer money pays for primaries. This needs to be explored by the next legislature in depth and research on states where this is the law needs to be reviewed. I am currently reviewing the research myself.

15. Enforcing and upholding current laws should already address the punishment of repeat violent offenders. I oppose expanding the three-strikes law.

16. I support a two year cooling-off period.

17. I oppose it on the basis that there are so many exceptions to this law and so many more important laws for law enforcement officials to address that this should not be a priority.

18. I support archiving webcasts.

19. I support exploring and researching the issue, but without realistic projects of several alternative models I cannot take a position

20. As long as we have a part-time citizen’s legislature with nothing more than a stipend granted, public employees, including teachers, should be able to serve.

Personal background

1. I have been a small business owner in the past (not currently) and have never been subject to any liens.

2. No.

3. Never.

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