NAME: Linda Sanchez Allison
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
CITY OF RESIDENCE: Rio Rancho
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Democratic Central Committee
EDUCATION: Business Science and Graduate school
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: Facebook: Linda Sanchez Allison D40 for Senate
What are the top two things you would do to improve the economy in New Mexico?
- Incentives for small businesses. 2. Infrastructure jobs.
If the state’s revenue downturn persists, would you favor trimming state spending or increasing taxes as a primary response? Which cost-cutting or revenue-generating measures would you prefer?
Increase taxes on those making above $200,000. Tax big-box stores. We would not lose jobs from companies, such as Walmart, since they get plenty of revenue from our state. Increase tax on alcohol, cigarettes, electric cigarettes and sugar drinks.
Do you support or oppose the current policy of including student test scores as part of teacher evaluations? If you support the policy, what percentage of the evaluation should the test scores account for?
I oppose using student test scores for teacher evaluations. There is no correlation between the two. There are too many factors to consider regarding a student’s performance and it should not be blamed on the teacher’s performance.
Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational marijuana use in New Mexico?
I support legalizing recreational marijuana for New Mexico. Tax purchasing it and paraphernalia associated with it.
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?
No, I support reading programs while the child is in the third grade, after-school programs and summer school. The overall cost will be cheaper and more profitable for the student and the state.
To provide more money for early childhood programs, which are unspecified, 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?
I support taking money from the permanent fund ($14.5 billion) annually. Early childhood programs have proven to be more profitable in the long term for the state and child.
An external board of trustees, such as Alaska’s, should oversee the program. The board should consist of financial experts, educators, public and legislative members.
Would you support or oppose the creation of a state ethics commission that publicly releases complaints and holds open hearings?
I would support an independent ethics commission. A state ethics commission would be more accountable and transparent. We need to understand how state funds are managed or mismanaged and pursue criminal prosecution for those conducting criminal activity.
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?
Oppose. There is data showing that states that have unions create a middle class and their children are better educated. Unions also offer better safety practices. “Right-to-work” gives corporations the ability to abuse work practices and pay lower wages.
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 would support medical professionals’ ability to conduct aid-in-dying under certain medical circumstances.
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 does not negatively impact the solvency of the retirement fund?
I support retired officers going back to work as a short-term solution. Eventually, this will impact the retirement fund. We need to hire the necessary number of officers who will pay into the fund.
Do you support or oppose opening the state‘s primary elections to voters who aren‘t affiliated with either major political party?
I would first look at states that have had successfully open primaries. As of now about plus or minus 40 percent of the country is decline-to-state or independent.
How should the state‘s lottery scholarship program be kept solvent into the future?
Increase the amount going to the lottery.
Does the state need to toughen its DWI laws? If so, how?
The laws already exist. They just need to be enforced.
Do you support or oppose opening all legislative meetings in connection with the budget to the public?
Absolutely. We need full transparency as far as the budget is concerned.
Do you support or oppose raising New Mexico‘s minimum wage, currently $7.50 per hour? If so, by how much?
Yes, I would support we go to $15. People need a living wage to support their families.
Do you support or oppose reinstating capital punishment in New Mexico for specific crimes like killing a child or killing a law enforcement officer?
Many states are moving away from the death penalty. The New Mexico budget has massive cuts this year and cannot pay for schools, mental health care and drug rehabilitation services. It would be much better to apply our taxes for schools and mental/drug health facilities.
Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
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.