Legal. “Access to abortion is access to health care,” “New Mexico will continue to be a state that protects and preserves the rights of women.” “A woman has the right to make decisions about her own body.”
Mostly ban. ”Will champion…the Right to Life.” Says New Mexico is “one of our nation’s capitals for abortion.”Would allow abortion “up to 15 weeks and in cases involving rape, incest, and when a mother’s life is at risk,” and “end the barbaric practice of late-term abortions.”
Yes. At 2021 UN Climate Conference committed state to climate actions such as reducing methane emissions by 45-50% by 2025, engaging in large-scale reforestation and supporting a low-carbon vehicle fuel standard. Signed a bill to make solar-generated electricity easy to access.
Mostly no. Says climate change is “real” and “needs to be addressed.” However, “we can’t restrict our economy when countries like China and India continue unrestricted pollution. The financial burden would crush our middle and lower class.” Criticizes Grisham climate initiatives.
“Children should not be divided into victims and oppressors based on the color of their skin.” Believes schools should focus on teaching core subjects, “rather than trying to indoctrinate children in liberal ideology.”
Yes. Signed a bill making college tuition at public colleges free for most New Mexicans. Raised teachers’ salaries, and increased annual spending on K-12 public education by roughly $425 million in 2022, up 12 percent from the year before.
Mixed. Opposes pulling money from the permanent school fund to increase K-12 funding. Will expand apprenticeship and charter technical programs. Opposes free college as part of opposition to the Green New Deal.
Tighten. Adopted stricter environmental regulations than federal standards. Proposed rules to reduce pollution from the oil and gas industry. Voted against repeal of Obama-era rules reducing coal mining pollution.
More. Supports a statewide ban on AR-15-style rifle sales. Signed a “red flag” law enabling courts to remove firearms from people posing a threat and a bill requiring background checks before most gun sales.
Yes. Established funds to cut the cost of health insurance and medical expenses for working families, and to support rural hospitals. Increased Medicaid spending for nursing homes and care for new mothers, especially those in poverty. Implemented strict and widespread COVID-19 public health measures.
No. Opposes a single-payer health system as “disastrous.” Would keep Obamacare in place until it can be replaced by a better plan. Outside of testing and distributing PPE, a federal role in COVID is not needed, would be “top-down government.”
Signed a law allowing immigrants to get a driver’s license without showing immigration status. Withdrew the majority of National Guard troops deployed at the state’s southern border. On DACA, says “We need a pathway to citizenship. Dreamers cannot wait any longer.”
Opposes amnesty for people living illegally in the U.S. “because it incentivizes even more illegal immigration.” “We need a barrier, more staffing or increased air patrol for a more secure border.” “Sanctuary cities in New Mexico exacerbate our crime problems.” No position found on DACA.
Easier. “New Mexico is a proud pro-union state.” Signed laws to provide accountability and reduce delays in handling petitions to unionize workplaces. Signed a bill allowing employers to require labor union membership for employment.
Legal. Legalized adult-use cannabis in state, saying it would create “thousands of good paying jobs for years to come.” Celebrated the first weekend of cannabis sales, totaling $5.2 million, and said it is “one of the most successful of any state.”
No position found on legalization. Wants New Mexico to “be the most aggressive state in the nation in keeping marijuana away from children and prosecuting drugged driving.”
Raise. Signed a bill to raise the minimum wage from $7.50 an hour when she became governor in 2019 to $11.50 in January 2022 and $12.00 in 2023. Supports a $15 minimum for state employees and school workers.
No position found.
Replaced top law enforcement official to further a shift from traditional policing tactics to community policing and protecting civil rights. Signed a bill eliminating police immunity from prosecution in state courts. Signed a law requiring police officers to wear body cameras to reduce use of excessive force and increase accountability.
Says the police have been “demonized” by the “political elites;” “will go after the criminals, not cops.” “We must support our law enforcement and back the blue.” Regarding the killing of George Floyd, said “bad cops and those who engage in police brutality and worse must feel the absolute full force of the law.”
More. While in Congress, voted against 2017 tax cuts that cut the corporate tax rate down to a flat 21% and cut top-bracket individual rates. Also signed a bipartisan bill eliminating state tax on social security for single filers up to $100,000 and couples $150,000.
Mostly yes. Supports “absentee voting,” but opposes “automatically mailing ballots without voter request.” Calls Grisham’s proposed bill “an alarming gateway to voter fraud.” “Strongly supports voter ID measures.”
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