Race for Maine Senate District 10

in the 2014 General Election

Andre E. Cushing III

Andre E. Cushing III

10,426 (69.43%)

Republican - Hampden

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Total raised: $23,797
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $22,992
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $805
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $20,382
Donations from outside Maine: $2,610
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $805
Jaric Travis Fontaine

Jaric Travis Fontaine

4,590 (30.57%)

Democratic - Hampden

Candidate profile


Total raised: $275
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $175
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $100
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Fontaine raised 1.16% of the amount Cushing raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $175
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $100
Fontaine raised 1.16% of the amount Cushing raised.

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

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Fontaine
No According to DHHS, Maine has a fraud rate of 0.2% compared to a national rate of 4%. These people genuinely need assistance to survive. According to DHHS, Maine has a fraud rate of 0.2% compared to a national rate of 4%. This tells me these people genuinely need assistance to survive. Without providing social benefits to our people our elderly will freeze, our children will go hungry, our people will go without jobs.

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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?

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Fontaine
No In 2010 income taxes were cut favoring the wealthy of Maine. Cities across the state have raised property taxes in response. In 2010 income taxes were cut favoring the wealthy of Maine. Cities across the state have raised property taxes in response. Working class people across the state are far underpaid what they are worth. Walmart makes a profit of $8.000 per person on each of their workers by paying them poverty wages. The tax payers then pick up the tab by providing housing allowances and food assistance to these poor workers. This is outrageous welfare for the wealthy, why shouldn't they then pay their fair share to reinvest into the economy?

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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?

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Fontaine
Yes During the golden age of unions, wages rose in line with productivity. From 2009-2012 95% of all income gains went to the top %1. During the golden age of unions, wages rose in line with productivity. From 2009-2012 95% of all income gains went to the top %1. This is no accident. The ultimate goal of "freedom to work" is to break the power of the unions so that it makes it impossible for members to bargain for good wages. The billionaires funding these organizations want to push wages to Chinese worker levels. Unions and strong government are the only mechanisms that will prevent Americans once again enduring the hardship and poverty that our ancestors suffer during the gilded age.

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

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Fontaine
Yes I'm tired of paying double the healthcare costs per person the world pays. We have the same health outcomes.We need a change and this is it. Look our system now, it's a mess. People are literally dying for lack of health insurance. Is the ACA perfect? No. Yet, we're finding everywhere we look it's lowering costs and providing care to our sick people. Why would anyone refuse to accept 100% funding for 3 years to give healthcare for 70,000 Mainers. Not only would more Mainers have healthcare and thus be able to get preventative healthcare, which would lower costs, we'd also be able to give more work to unemployed nurses, assistants, and other medically trained people.

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

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Fontaine
Infrastructure investment. Increase the minimum wage. No interest small business loans for worker owned start ups. Why does Portland Maine, one of the most regulated and highest taxed areas in the state of Maine create 65% of all new jobs on yearly basis? Why is Bangor, an Oasis of economic growth? Because these towns have good infrastructure and aggressively courted businesses to move here. Yes they spent, but they spent to invest. A place with great telecommunication lines, modern infrastructure, and a well educated populace will attract businesses and will attract well paying jobs. How are jobs created? It's about demand. I'll give you an example. I love subway and I often travel around the state going to different shops. Whenever I go to dover-foxcroft for sandwhich I find 1-2 people working at the counter. When I go to Bangor subway I usually find 3-5 people working. Why is there more jobs? Demand. There are more people buying sandwich. When people live on a barely livable wage they buy only the basic essentials. When people reach that sweet spot of having enough income to buy more than the bare essentials, they have disposable income. This income goes to more expensive local foods, restaurants, or other various goods and services. Their purchases will then in turn create jobs, which will then in turn results in more people having money to spend creating more jobs. When a nation or a state is a majority of middle class workers ($50,000-$125000) it is self-sustaining and wealthy. This is why there has been no economic recovery, because wages are too damn low!

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

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Fontaine
Yes The money should go into a fund involving infrastructure (roads, schools, technology, biotech, energy saving measures, weatherization). The money should go into a fund involving infrastructure (roads, schools, technology, biotech, energy saving measures, weatherization).

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

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Fontaine
No The voters approved these bonds because they wanted them, by delaying the bonds the Governor is disrespecting the will of the majority. The voters approved these bonds because they wanted them, by delaying the bonds the Governor is disrespecting the will of the majority.

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

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Fontaine
Using Efficiency Maine as a mechanism to help Mainers conserve energy through rebates and education. Conservation is the low hanging fruit of saving money on energy. Education and rebates aimed aimed at helping individual Mainers cost costs. When I was a child I remember learning the importance of turning out the lights when I leave a room. It wasn\'t until I was older did I learn about other energy cutting measures like installing a heat pump, or replacing lights with LED, weatherizing a home, etc. I recently used a local Maine company called Maine Alternative Comfort to install a heat pump in my home, with a rebate offered by alternative Maine. Full payback is expected in 1-3 years, with expected reduced usage of 200-500 gallons of oil a year. I also used a recent efficiency Maine\'s program to buy LED lights for $1.50 each and most of my home is now outfitted with LED lights, thus reducing my energy usage even farther. Conservation in the low hanging fruit of lowering energy costs. We can heat and light our homes with less energy using modern technology and incentivizing rebates to encourage mainers to jump on board.

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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?

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Fontaine
Yes Yes! Why should our property taxes go up or our cities go broke so the wealthy could pay less income taxes? Yes! My property taxes went up $600 so the wealthy could pay less income taxes. The Republican Tea Party tax cuts on income gave a disproportionate amount of savings to the wealthy. My wife and I are middle class people. We make less than $100,000 a year. This means we saved less than $400 in income taxes, and yet our property taxes went up over $600 because Hampden well educated citizens.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

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Fontaine
No No. This is a scam so private businesses can sucker taxpayers to pay for a third rate education or to create an elite school paid with taxes No. This is a scam so private businesses can sucker taxpayers to pay for a third rate education or to create an elite school for the best educated students (which tend to come from wealthier families), and segregate them from the general population. This would be done all at the taxpayers expense. A public education that serves everyone is the foundation for a democratic society.

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