Race for Maine Senate District 12

in the 2014 General Election

David Miramant

David Miramant

9,135 (52.02%)

Democratic - Camden

Candidate profile


Total raised: $25,080
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $1,469
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,580
Candidate self-financing: $31
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Miramant raised 80.33% of the amount Sutton raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $1,469
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,580
Candidate self-financing: $31
Miramant raised 80.33% of the amount Sutton raised.
Correction: An earlier version of this graph incorrectly noted Maine Clean Elections money as from out-of-state.
Paula G. Sutton

Paula G. Sutton

8,427 (47.98%)

Republican - Warren

Candidate profile


Total raised: $31,223
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $30,648
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $575
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $28,168
Donations from outside Maine: $2,480
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $575

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

Miramant
No With 1 in 5 children living in poverty, we have a responsibility as a caring society to feed, house and protect those who need our help. We have a responsibility as a caring society to feed, house and protect those who need our help. Whether it is short or long term, when we accept that responsibility we must do it fairly. We have schools in our district with as many as 70% of the students requiring the free or reduced breakfast and lunch to meet their nutritional needs. Maine has the oldest population in the country and we need to deal with the issues that arise when folks have less energy and reduced income. We must also make sure there is no waste or fraud in the administration of that aid. By ensuring that the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA) remains fully staffed and funded, we can continue to assure the effectiveness of our programs. By making sure aid only goes to those who need it, we can maximize the effectiveness of the limited funds we have available. Encouraging folks to move off of aid programs and into self reliance is the goal when possible. A thriving job market with good paying jobs will help lift folks off of aid programs and back into supporting our economy. We can also help by allowing a more gradual transition off of benefits during the return to work.

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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?

Miramant
Yes . Yes, but only with a complete understanding of the consequences. We must not change income based taxation to a more regressive tax. Fair t Yes, but only with a complete understanding of the consequences. We must not change income based taxation to a more regressive tax. There are ways to create fair taxation with a focus on the visitors to the state. Even though we have to provide increased services, and pay for the wear and tear of Tourism, we are behind similar states that make sure the money for that burden is recovered. We are required to have a balanced budget by state law. Because of this, we are constantly reviewing which programs to keep and which to adjust or eliminate to save money.

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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?

Miramant
Yes A worker that has a bargaining unit only has to pay for the cost of the bargaining, and receives the benefit from that bargaining. A worker that has a bargaining unit only has to pay for the cost of the bargaining, and receives the benefit from that bargaining. Unions have been the force that stood for fairness in the workplace, They have worked for good pay, reasonable hours per day and number of days worked per week. There is always a cost to negotiations and it is only fair that it be shared for the benefits received.The collaborative voice of the group of workers is the best way to advocate for fairness in negotiations.

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

Miramant
Yes We have to pay the hospitals out of our pockets if the uninsured use the ER for treatment. This fixes a gap in the ACA. Yes, we have to pay the hospitals out of our pockets if the uninsured use the ER for their source of treatment. The Affordable Care Act has some shortfalls, including the lack of subsidies for hardworking folks making between $15,000-$30,000 per year. While visiting homes for the past 6 months, I have heard too many stories about hard working Mainers losing everything because of the unfair health system that puts profits for insurance and drug companies over the health of our people. They can’t afford the full price of the plan and they are not eligible for a subsidy.When folks use the emergency room for their healthcare services, we create a debt to those hospitals that the taxpayers of Maine must pay. We receive no help for this from the federal government. If we take the 100% subsidy while we try to establish a plan that covers all Mainers, we can save everyone money and keep our hospitals operating.

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

Miramant
We need to support our students by educating and training them for jobs we have here in Maine. We should teach our graduates to create jobs. We need to create programs to encourage and train entrepreneurs. This can be done in high school as well as at the college level. If we train folks for the jobs we have here in Maine that require advanced skills and pay above average wages, we will encourage a workforce that contributes to the economy here, not away. We can make sure vocational training also educates about business creation. When the graduates have those skills and the confidence to create jobs, we all win. In this age of technology, we want to encourage tech and computer science training as well as the incubation and support centers that will bring a clean, high paying industry to Maine. We should continue to provide support through the Department of Economic and Community Development to put job creators together with the resources they need and the experienced folks who can help their ideas succeed. A value added style plan that maximizes the potential of every Maine resource before it leaves the state should always be encouraged and supported.

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

Miramant
Yes We need to separate marijuana from being sold with more dangerous drugs by opportunistic dealers. We will enforce it like alcohol laws do. We need to separate marijuana from being sold with more dangerous drugs by opportunistic dealers. We will enforce it the same as we do alcohol and allow the revenues to be used to meet our needs as designated by the legislature. We need to do a better job of educating our young people about the dangers of drug use whether legal or illegal. We should be helping folks to move away from the abuse of alcohol and other mind altering substances.

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

Miramant
No When the voters approve the bonds, the sale should be acted upon. When the voters approve the bonds, the sale should be acted upon.

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

Miramant
The best reduction in energy costs is efficiency, insulating first and tightening up our homes, then developing clean, renewable energy. Insulating is the first step. Energy not used is the best way to lower costs to each person. Next, we need to start taking advantage of the greatly reduced cost of generating electricity from the sun. We could be installing solar panels on homes and using net-metering to start reducing the fossil fuel generation of electricity. We can also move ahead carefully with wind and tidal/stream flow generation being careful not to reduce the quality of life for nearby residents or to diminish our natural resources. We need to create real public utilities that put alternative power in place and maintain it, while receiving the revenue that has been going to for-profit corporations that cling to the old model of dirty fuels.

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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?

Miramant
No No, I support 55%, but we don’t need to raise taxes to honor the commitment. No, I support 55%, but we don't need to raise taxes to honor the commitment. We should re-prioritize existing resources, close unfair corporate tax loopholes, and grow the economy (which will bring more revenue into the state). We need to look at why we have not funded to 55% and either do it, or adjust the formula to make it fair to property taxpayers.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Miramant
No We approved a good amount to begin with. We need to develop better ways of funding them, and make sure the present ones are working. No, While I support them, we need to develop better ways of funding the startups, making sure they are working with the present model and benefiting both the students and the teachers. Charter schools were designed to honor the different styles of learning that all children have. They were originally designed by teachers to honor those differences. Currently they are being designed without enough local and teacher input, and they are diverting money from our local school districts.

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