Race for Maine House District 2

in the 2014 General Election

Roberta B. Beavers

Roberta B. Beavers

2,232 (55.47%)

Democratic - South Berwick

Candidate profile


Total raised: $5,710
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $500
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $500
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $5,210
Candidate self-financing: $0
Correction: An earlier version of this graph incorrectly noted Maine Clean Elections money as from out-of-state.
Jonathan Michael Moynahan

Jonathan Michael Moynahan

1,792 (44.53%)

Republican - Eliot

Candidate profile


Total raised: $2,985
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $2,960
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $25
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Moynahan raised 52.28% of the amount Beavers raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $2,235
Donations from outside Maine: $725
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $25
Moynahan raised 52.28% of the amount Beavers raised.

Is Maine too generous in providing social services to its residents? Which government benefits should be increased or decreased?

Beavers
No It is our responsibility to help those in need, especially the children, elderly, disabled. The hard-working people of Maine deserve services they desperately need and have paid for through taxes and paycheck deductions. Gov. LePage cut 20,000 Maine residents from desperately needed MaineCare; hurt 4000 children and families with Head Start purges; and kept our largest population of seniors from getting prescription drug assistance. These are populations with little voice and large needs and government generosity is not the root of social services like Social Security. It was earned and paid for by those who get it!

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Moynahan
Yes Welfare

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Do you support lowering the state income tax? If so, what state spending would you cut to make up for the loss of revenue?

Beavers
Yes There is plenty of room for improved efficiencies in every state agency. However, we are a poor state with minimal services and many that need serious overhauling to serve the hard-working people of Maine. We have enormous infrastructure, environmental and energy needs that all Maine citizens need and use by virtue of this income. Let’s create a Maine Public Bank to keep Maine’s money in Maine to be used for and by Mainers.

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Moynahan
Yes The State needs to take a serious approach at every program and decide if it is really essential to Maine. There is a portion of the budget where 22% of the remainder goes, I want to look at were exactly these funds are going.

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Should labor unions be allowed to require workers to pay dues as a condition of employment, regardless of whether the worker joins the union?

Beavers
Yes The only room for NO is if employees are will to give up benefits and protection by unions. I believe strongly in Unions as they are historically responsible for the quality, safety, opportunity, upward mobility of millions of working people who realized the American Dream. I am also for the individual rights of the worker. If one chooses not to belong to the union, one must obviously be willing to give up the benefits and protection afforded by the Union.

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Moynahan
No The freedom should be vested in the employee to choose

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Would you vote to expand Medicaid eligibility as allowed by the Affordable Care Act?

Beavers
Yes Health care is not welfare, it is a basic right that benefits every Maine citizen. I have and I will continue to support expansion of Medicaid in Maine. There are about 70,000 Mainers, including 3,000 Veterans, being kept from from health care. In refusing the federal funds available under the ACA, these thousands have no alternatives and have lost health and hope. The 15 million Americans who have signed up for the ACA are benefiting greatly and every American will save because of this Act when hospital Emergency Rooms are no longer filled with hurting people who cannot afford health care.

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Moynahan
No

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What is the biggest thing Maine can do to attract more jobs to the state?

Beavers
Market Maine positively-Increase R&D investment-Train/retrain workers-Stimulate tech dev Market Maine positively! We have a veritable wealth of resources and potential. Our alternative energy sources are nearly unlimited and barely tapped. Offer big business and industry creative incentives for every person they employ. Attract entrepreneurial startups by proposing use of our matchless gorgeous shoreline and continue to upgrade our abandoned mills for office installations that would also create jobs for our tradesmen and women. Supporting R&D and higher education will also lead to more jobs with better pay.

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Moynahan
Lower taxes, when the State raises takes on "businesses”, people end up paying the tax, whether the employer is forced to raise the price on product, or cut employees to stay afloat. Maine is ranked last in Forbes best states for business. If we want to be more business friendly we must address the taxes and red tape it requires for businesses to start and grow

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Should Maine legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana? If so, where should the revenues go?

Beavers
Yes Yes/No - Time for conversation-give WA/CO time to work our kinks- $ for DHHS programs YES and NO! It is time for the conversation. It has been long proven that the abuse of alcohol causes far more death and destruction than marijuana. The money and lives wasted in prosecuting people for smoking pot is a travesty. Colorado and Washington legalization have so far proven to be a good thing bringing in substantial revenue without causing catastrophe, criminality or addiction. However, I would prefer to let CO and WA work out the kinks/flaws in their bills another year or two. The money should help support the DHHS programs that are working well and have been made more efficient and the public education system.

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Moynahan
No

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Should the governor be allowed to delay the sale of general obligation bonds that have been approved by voters?

Beavers
No Absolutely not! When the voters have spoken, the message is clear. The bonds lead to job creation and improved infrastructure that is so important to Maine's sustainable economic future.

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Moynahan
Yes If it is only for the best interest of the people

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What should the state do to lower energy costs? What commitment should Maine make to renewable technology?

Beavers
Invest in cost efficient renewables of all kinds- encourage conservation and efficiency. Dozens of local and regional environmental and academic scientists have declared that Maine is the only state with enough offshore wind capability to power the entire U.S., in a decade or two. With our solar, wind, tidal power, biomass, we could lead the country in sustainable energy. It’s also way past time to seriously investigate why our current utility provider costs our small power-conserving population so much. Although natural gas is needed as a bridge while further reduced cost developments in renewables continues. We need to continue to talk about hypo power and Canadian relations as well.

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Moynahan
The State needs to look at our most abundant natural resource, the ocean. I am open to any and all renewable energy that is cost effective. Whether that is vested in costal wind turbines, tidal turbines or hydro dams in Canada, we can make strides to set an example for the country.

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Should lawmakers make it a priority — even if it means raising taxes — to fulfill the voters' mandate to have the state fund 55 percent of the total cost of K-12 public education?

Beavers
Yes This support of public education is the will of the people and must be honored Shifting the cost to towns and property taxes is not fair to the people of Maine. We must find revenue sources other than increased taxes to pay for our public education obligation. One such possible source that needs to be investigated is the large amount of tax credits that are being given to businesses who are not increasing jobs.

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Moynahan
No Throwing dollars at schools has been proven time and time again

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Beavers
No Yes and No - needs to be slowed down and not take funding from regular public schools Public education is the cornerstone of the great American foundation. Maine should have a standard of public education as extraordinary as the character of our state. We need to find alternate sources of funds to pay for charter schools. As for Q9, I recommend that we look at the large amount of tax credits that are not leading to new, well-paid jobs.

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Moynahan
Yes I am very much in favor of public schools, when they are performing. When the student and parent feel the need to choose a different option that will maximize student performance, that choice should be there. Competition is essential for the best outcomes. The more competition there is for our public schools the better they will perform.

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