EARLY VOTING: OCT 17 - OCT 31, 2020
GENERAL ELECTION: TUES. NOV. 3, 2020
ABOUT JOHN / ISSUES
John is a retired Air Force Intelligence Officer, and Retired Federal Employee with a proven record of success. John wants all New Mexicans to have the opportunity to live, work and thrive in a safe and productive state. As your State Senator, John will work tirelessly to reduce crime, reduce taxes, eliminate wasteful spending, reform education, and protect the state permanent fund.
John was born in Virginia but has made New Mexico his home for over 36 years with his wife Deborah of over 23 years. He is a 1981 graduate of the University of Idaho. He loves New Mexico and understands the many challenges that have held New Mexico back for almost 90 years. John is dedicated to making New Mexico a safer, job ready and prosperous, business friendly state.
The New Mexico public school system currently has failed New Mexico students. In the Senate, John will propose legislation to improve our education system by holding school districts accountable for failed results. We need to overhaul New Mexico's educational system to make our children more successful by offering vocational education to all New Mexico High School Students to make them job ready upon graduation. This will help to reduce dropout rates, attract industry, and help make students self-reliant.
Everyone in New Mexico deserves to live in safe neighborhoods without the fear of violent criminals roaming our communities. John would propose stricter penalties for violent offenders and to Stop the Revolving Door of Catch and Release. John will enforce current state laws and regulations to end sanctuary/immigration-friendly cities and counties and hold those responsible for sheltering illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.
In the senate, John will propose legislation to make New Mexico a more prosperous business-friendly state by eliminating burdensome regulations, eliminating wasteful spending, implementing a Taxpayers Bill of Rights eliminate corporate taxes, and eliminate taxes on social security benefits. These actions will incentivize corporations to do business in New Mexico and incentivize individuals to stay and /or relocate to New Mexico.
As a prolife candidate, John stands against late term and after-birth abortions. They are, in his view, murder and civil rights violations. Abortion should be rare. New Mexico law should be amended to require a parent of a minor child to be notified before an abortion can be performed, and that he supports 48-hour waiting periods and ultrasounds on the pregnant mother before abortions, and that women considering abortions should be provided all alternatives to abortions.
As we near the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to take every precaution to protect the health of our citizens, as well as to protect our economic health. But our elected leadership, including Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, has failed to present a workable plan to safely reopen New Mexico. John has proposed a clear and reasonable plan to phase in a re-opening of businesses.
John is running to make New Mexico a more prosperous state to live, work and raise a family.
Make New Mexico a business-friendly-state eliminate over burdensome regulations
Taxpayers Bill of Rights - to increase the tax base without increasing taxes.
Simplify and Reduce the Gross Receipt Tax or replace it with a lower rate or with a State Sales Tax.
Eliminate taxes on Social Security benefits without raising taxes on other income-incentivize retires stay and/or relocate to NM.
Eliminate Wasteful Spending to keep taxes down.
Preserve our state's Oil and Natura Gas Industry, which is the cornerstone of our state's economy, and which contributes to the state's "rainy day" fund, which helps fund our schools.
Develop viable renewable energy
Develop a 21st Century Broadband infrastructure throughout the state to drive business opportunities
Paid for by Morton for New Mexico, Deborah V. Morton, Treasurer
U.S. AIR FORCE RETIRED
INTEGRITY, SERVICE, EXCELLENCE
RECENT NEWS RELEASE
MORTON PROPOSES CHANGES TO STATE EMERGENCY POWERS AUTHORITY
"I don't believe any governor should have the extensive emergency powers the governor's office currently holds.
This governor has abused these powers, without oversight from the legislative branch. I believe significant changes need to be made to the process of invoking emergency powers to ensure cooperation with other branches and oversight of how these powers are implemented.
Specifically, I'm proposing the following changes:
Emergency Powers should expire after 30 days unless renewed by a majority vote of both houses of the legislature.
Emergency spending should be capped and legislative approval should be required to increase that spending.
Video teleconferencing should be allowed for emergency legislative sessions only if in-person meetings are not possible during an emergency, requiring legislators to shelter in place.
If citizens are not allowed to work during a declared emergency, then penalties and interest on property taxes and business taxes should be waived.
As a state senator, I will propose legislation to amend the state's Constitution to revise emergency powers authority in these ways."
Morton for New Mexico
P.O Box 20123
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87154