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NAME: Joy Irvine Garratt
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
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
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: facebook.com/JoyGarratt4SenateDistrict23
1. If the state’s revenue downturn persists, would you favor trimming state spending or increasing taxes as a primary response? Please specify which cost-cutting or revenue-generating measures you would prefer.
2. Do you support or oppose raising New Mexico’s minimum wage, currently $7.50 per hour? If so, by how much?
3. Do you support or oppose the current policy of including student achievement as part of teacher evaluations? If you support the policy, what percentage of the evaluation should achievement account for.
4. Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico?
5. Current state law requires early-grade reading intervention. Coupled with that, do you support or oppose legislation that would automatically require some third-graders without adequate reading skills to repeat the grade level?
6. To provide more money for early childhood programs, do you support or oppose taking more money out of the state’s largest permanent fund on an annual basis? If you are in support, what sort of accountability measures would you favor?
7. Would you support or oppose the creation of a state ethics commission that publicly releases complaints and holds open hearings?
8. Do you support or oppose making New Mexico a so-called right-to-work state, by changing state labor laws so that nonunion employees would not have to pay union fees as a condition of employment?
9. Do you support or oppose banning abortions after 20 weeks in New Mexico?
10. Do you support or oppose a law banning coyote-killing contests? Do you support or oppose banning trapping and poisons on public lands?
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?
12. Do you support or oppose a change that would earmark the state’s existing vehicle excise and gasoline tax revenue for state road projects?
13. Do you support or oppose allowing retired law enforcement officers to return to work while still collecting pension benefits to shore up department staffing, if the program protects the solvency of the retirement fund?
14. Do you support or oppose opening the state’s primary elections to voters who aren’t affiliated with either major political party?
15. Do you support or oppose expanding the state’s three-strikes law for repeat violent offenders?
16. Do you support or oppose enacting a “cooling-off” period before former lawmakers could lobby the Legislature?
17. Do you support or oppose passing a law that would allow local governments to impose curfews on minors under the age of 16?
18. Do you support or oppose archiving webcasts of all legislative meetings for public access?
19. Do you support or oppose establishing a salary for legislators?
20. Should public employees, including teachers, be prohibited by law from serving in the Legislature? Please explain.
1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
2. Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
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.
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.
1. I have been a small business owner in the past (not currently) and have never been subject to any liens.