Building our state’s economy must be at the forefront of every decision we make in Santa Fe. Providing affordable broadband access to all New Mexicans, building transportation, and water infrastructure are my priorities. We must facilitate the expansion of local small businesses and foster an environment where local entrepreneurs have access to capital and can be successful. That is why I support the legalization of adult recreational cannabis and liquor license reform. I will fight for a fair tax system which closes tax loopholes for the well-connected so we can lower the rates for the rest of us.
Recognized by The Coalition for Public Safety for his bipartisan work Maestas is a national leader of criminal justice reform. We must adequately fund the District Attorney’s Office and criminal courts; invest in drug treatment programs and more victim-centric services. We must steer all law enforcement agencies to prioritize violent crimes to ensure swift and certain justice for our communities. By modernizing our probation system, we will reduce recidivism, which lowers crime, so we have fewer victims in the future. Data-driven solutions must be at the forefront of developing evidence-based crime policy.
We must close the achievement gap if New Mexico is ever going to succeed. The court in Martinez/Yazzie vs. State did not necessarily say we are underfunding education but rather that we are underserving Native, English language learners, disabled and at-risk students. Targeted, cost effective programs must be implemented. That is why I will continue to push for larger investments from our state’s $20 Billion Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education programs.
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