NAME: Hochman Vigil Day
POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic
TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Los Ranchos
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Outgoing legislator for two terms; New Mexico lawyer for 10 years; experience interacting with international, federal, state and municipal government entities.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts, Colorado College ’07; Juris Doctor, University of New Mexico School of Law ’11; Master of Laws, Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University ’16
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: anewdayformm.com
1. New Mexico relies heavily on the petroleum and natural gas industries to generate revenue to fund state programs, as evidenced by the recent oil boom and bust cycles. What steps should the Legislative Assembly take to diversify the state’s economy and revenue base?
New Mexico must continue to support viable industries such as renewable energy, STEM-based research and technology transfer, manufacturing, outdoor education, tourism, and others through continued investment in state grant programs, such as local economic development law funding, job training incentive program grants. and new programs such as the Opportunity Enterprise Act.
2. During the last ordinary legislative session, efforts were made unsuccessfully to facilitate the retention of certain defendants behind bars until trial. Should New Mexico law be changed to make it easier to hold individuals charged with violent offenses such as murder and first-degree child abuse behind bars until trial?
A more effective method to reduce violent crime would be to retool the remand algorithms used by judges to better predict factors that contribute to recidivism and determinations of dangerousness to the community. We must also support law enforcement recruitment and retention practices and fully fund pre-trial monitoring services to better track accused offenders awaiting trial.
3. What steps should the Legislature take to address crime and public safety as New Mexico faces one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation?
In addition to continuing to make unprecedented investments in law enforcement recruitment and retention, the state must also continue to work on the availability of mental and behavioral health resources to address cyclical and generational poverty, substance use disorders and the root causes of crime that contribute to the cycle of recidivism.
4. Given the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, do you support or oppose codifying abortion protections into state law? And do you support or oppose the adoption of abortion restrictions in New Mexico?
Currently, women’s reproductive health services are safe and available in the state of New Mexico. I would support statutory protections for reproductive health services. If statutory restrictions were proposed on these services, I would oppose them, as I believe that such extremely personal decisions are best left between the pregnant person, their family and their healthcare professional.
5. New Mexico has already implemented several gun control laws in recent years. Would you support or oppose legislation prohibiting or restricting the sale of AR-15 type semi-automatic weapons, such as increasing the age limit for the purchase of such weapons? And what about legislation that criminalizes failing to safely secure firearms around children?
As someone personally affected by gun violence, I support restrictions on purchases of semi-automatic weapons and large capacity magazines, including raising the age limit. While I generally support the concept of secure storage, my full support would depend on the specifics of the bill to ensure that constitutional due process rights are also preserved.
6. New Mexico’s state agency responsible for keeping children safe has recently come under scrutiny over transparency issues and its handling of high-profile child abuse cases. What changes would you support to improve the operations of the Child, Youth and Family Service?
In addition to mandating additional transparency and specific accountability measures such as the submission of benchmark data to track progress and the creation of an independent ombudsman office, employee retention and morale must be raised at CYFD to better assist the agency in achieving its mission and purpose. .
7. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code?
New Mexico’s gross receipts tax code is overly complicated and vague. It also aggravates tax pyramiding and penalizes specific industries over others. It should be streamlined to eliminate dozens of impractical and inefficient exemptions and deductions to focus on a more streamlined and predictable approach to revenue generation statewide.
8. New Mexico is currently the only state that does not pay its legislators a salary, although legislators receive per diems and are eligible for a statutory pension. Do you support or oppose a salaried legislature and, if so, how much should legislators be paid?
Under the current model, legislators must balance the needs of their constituents with the support of their families, resulting in time constraints and conflicting interests. New Mexicans deserve better and should be represented by legislators who are paid based on the state’s median salary whose No. 1 priority can and will be the districts they represent.
9. What more, if anything, should the legislature do to respond to a court ruling that found that New Mexico does not provide sufficient education for all students, especially Native Americans and those who do not speak English as a first language?
While major investments have been made in education for at-risk populations following the Yazzie/Martinez case, the state still has work to do to improve education outcomes and the availability of critical infrastructure , such as human resources and culturally appropriate teaching and materials.
10. In recent years, New Mexico has steadily increased spending on early childhood programs, such as home visiting, preschool, and child care assistance, and created a new early childhood trust. Do you support or oppose the constitutional amendment proposed in the November ballot that would take more money out of the state’s permanent school fund to increase funding for early childhood services and K-education? 12?
I support the use of the Land Grant Permanent Fund after confirmation that the needs of New Mexico children will not be adequately met by the already established Early Years Trust Fund.
11. In order to address climate change and air quality issues, do you support or oppose legislation that limits greenhouse gas emissions and requires the state to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 ?
I support these measures because they are essential for New Mexico to meet the immediate needs of its diverse communities, including water and viable soil for outdoor preservation and agricultural needs.
12. Do you think any changes should be made to the emergency powers held by a governor during a pandemic or other time of crisis. If so, do you think these powers should be expanded or reduced and in what specific ways?
While I think the governor’s power to invoke and extend public health emergency law is warranted, especially in the case of sudden onset emergencies, I think it should also be subject to legislative oversight. in cases where New Mexicans can expect prolonged invocations of the law. .
13. Would you support a merit-based evaluation system to determine how the state spends its capital expenditure funding?
I would, if under legislative oversight with public input and with plans in place to ensure localized needs are always met statewide.
14. Do you believe former President Donald Trump’s claim that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election? (Yes or No answer only, please)
15. What changes, if any, would you support to New Mexico’s election laws?
New Mexico must continue to expand and preserve the franchise for all eligible populations. This means expanding same-day registration services, in-person voting centers, absentee voting without excuse, and voter education/outreach. We must also extend protections to election officials and election workers to ensure their safety throughout the electoral process.
1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been subject to any state or federal tax liens?
2. Have you ever been involved in personal or commercial bankruptcy proceedings?
3. Have you ever been arrested, charged, or convicted of a DUI, misdemeanor, or felony in New Mexico or any other state? If yes, explain.