NAME: Lisa Meyer Hagen
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OCCUPATION: Real estate broker
TOWN OF RESIDENCE: Albuquerque
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE: Law abiding citizen
EDUCATION: BA Psychology; minor in human services; literacy specialist
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: LisaForNM.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?
Diversify education options for the next generation. Open trade and vocational schools that provide students with viable employment opportunities and a reason to stay in New Mexico. Be business friendly: reduce crime, improve education, eliminate the NM PIT. NM has made no progress on these metrics at all over the past decade.
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?
Yes. Those accused of murder, first degree child abuse or any other violent offense should be kept behind bars until 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?
Eliminate catch and release. Strengthen and encourage family units to stay together through tax incentives to reduce the number of absent fathers. Back to community policing.
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?
Abortion during nine months of pregnancy remains legal in New Mexico despite the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Seventy percent of New Mexicans, including myself, disagree with the current abortion law in New Mexico.
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?
Keep the essentials as main. Prosecute violent criminals. Leave law-abiding gun owners alone.
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?
CYFD has an appalling workload, poor management, understaffing, strained employee relations, poor communication between CYFD and law enforcement, over 20 child deaths since 2021 while on the CYFD radar. CYFD immediately needs new, experienced leaders who have the drive and resolve to lead an agency that keeps our children safe.
7. What changes, if any, should New Mexico make to its gross receipts tax code?
Allowing small businesses to thrive. Restructure the tax code to completely eliminate the GRT. The priority is to make the tax code more business-friendly, including eliminating NM’s personal income tax.
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?
While legislators are servants of the people, a worker deserves his wages. Instead of tempting legislators to become beholden to special interest groups for personal financial benefit because they don’t get paid for their elected service, pay them a respectable salary.
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?
Intact families are the first indicator of academic success. Support family unity and encourage parental involvement in the education of their children. Honoring, valuing, supporting and empowering Native American cultures to lead. Lawmakers must step down.
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?
To oppose. FY 2022 New Mexico will spend $12,146 per student for the year. We remain last in education. More money will not solve the problem. Strengthen the family unit and school results will increase. Give the money to the students and let them, their parents, choose their school.
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 ?
The use of climate models, while ignoring empirical evidence, has many shortcomings and is not plausible as a policy tool. We need an honest television conversation on the subject of climate change. Scientists on both sides of the issue need the freedom to express their position in the context of civil debate.
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?
Yes. Indefinite, unilateral decision-making by one branch of government during a public emergency, without input from the legislature or the courts, is bad government. The emergency powers code should not last longer than 30 days, unless extended by joint resolution of the legislature in ordinary, special or extraordinary session.
13. Would you support a merit-based evaluation system to determine how the state spends its capital expenditure funding?
The amount of capital expenditure should be based on the proportion of population and demographics of each district. Legislators and voters should decide what is best for their constituencies.
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?
Voter ID card, paper ballots with watermark, no drop boxes, vote on election day. Mail-in ballots for military, valid out-of-town and very sick excuses only.
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.