Race for Maine House District 43

in the 2014 General Election

Mark N. Dion

Mark N. Dion

2,531 (67.03%)

Democratic - Portland

Candidate profile


Total raised: $325
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $325
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
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): $75
Donations from outside Maine: $250
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $0
Shannon Rafferty-Roy

Shannon Rafferty-Roy

1,245 (32.97%)

Republican - Portland

Candidate profile

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

Dion
No The question is do we effectively manage programs to secure expected outcomes We need to know which programs are meeting the expectations their budgets reflect. Welfare should help transition individuals to gainful employment so they can meet their own needs. Access to jobs and a welfare process that tapers support during that time frame would make entry into the job market more secure for individuals trying to leave poverty behind.

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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?

Dion
Yes A fair tax plan is key to our ability to support the interests of Maine's working families We have to structure our tax burdens so they do not have greater adverse impacts on the working poor and middle class families than what corporate entities can experience . The legislature has granted a significant number of tax credits with little verification that these initiatives have accomplished their intended goal. A tax system should be transparent, straightforward and fair in its consequence on the taxpayers.

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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?

Dion
Yes Non members enjoy conditions and benefits advanced by union negotiations This is a question of equity. If a party enjoys a benefit at the expense of another, then he should be required to compensate that party for his receipt of that "windfall".

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

Dion
Yes We have a moral obligation to provide universal access to healthcare Health care is both an economic commodity and an intrinsic human right that demands a strategy that guarantees access to medical care. The financial consequences of untreated illness have significant ripple effects not only on the ill but their families and community as well.

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

Dion
Investing in our schools and growing our digital/telecommunication infrastructure We need to do what we can to create and sustain quality schools and teachers. An educated workforce provides Maine with a competitive edge to successful economic development. The products of a service economy will increasingly move on fibre network and not on traditional highways. High tech companies will seek to locate their activities in those communities that reflect a balance between quality of life and quality of digital infrastructures.

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

Dion
Yes Dedicated revenue sharing for the judicial branch and local education Revenue projections for legalized cannabis should help us meet our commitments for school funding and provide the courts with added resources to improve local criminal justice services and administration. We have one of the most underfunded and under resourced judicial systems in the country and we could address that with such a dedicated revenue stream.

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

Dion
No A Governor should execute bonds as intended by legislative action Bonds reflect the decisions of citizens to make targeted investments in the state economy. Those decisions should be respected and carried out in a timely and reasonable faashion by the Executive branch.

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

Dion
Promote diversified power generation to decrease our reliance on out of state electricity Reliable and affordable energy is a major variable in growing a dynamic economy. We should make every effort to diversify our capacity to generate power from multiple sources and technologies. Conservation and weatherization programs are critical elements in an overall energy plan but increasing our ability to create power at the local level increases our flexibility to react to changing economic conditions.

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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?

Dion
Yes Only If we reform the current revenue balance among property, sales and income taxes Government relies on property, income and sales taxes to fund their operations. We need to take a serious look at the relationship between these three revenue streams and their impact on Maine households. We need a fresh approach in deciding how and why we tax what we do and do the old assumptions about these three taxes still hold true in this economy.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Dion
No Not until we evaluate their academic performance and budget impact on local schools The rationale for charter schools as an instrument of choice and as an access point for unique educational opportunities for their children has garnered substantial support among many parents. we need to know how these charter learning strategies measure up to public school performance data. Also, there is an emerging debate on the expected and unintended consequences confronting public school funding as aid dollars shift to the private sector. These questions need answers before we expand the arena.

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