Race for Maine Senate District 17

in the 2014 General Election

Joanne F. Dunlap

Joanne F. Dunlap

4,840 (27.95%)

Democratic - Rangeley Plantation

Candidate profile


Total raised: $320
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $20
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $300
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $0
Dunlap raised 1.28% of the amount Saviello raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $20
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $300
Dunlap raised 1.28% of the amount Saviello raised.
Thomas B. Saviello

Thomas B. Saviello

12,478 (72.05%)

Republican - Wilton

Candidate profile


Total raised: $25,080
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $1,500
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,580
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): $1,500
Donations from outside Maine: $0
Maine Clean Elections money: $23,580
Candidate self-financing: $0
Correction: An earlier version of this graph incorrectly noted Maine Clean Elections money as from out-of-state.

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

Dunlap
No We need to increase funding for Head Start programs and child care subsidies. There is a lot of conversation about Welfare fraud in this state. There may be some fraud, and some transactions that may be confusing to those who do not know all the payments in the system. But for single parents of very young children it is hardly fraud to stay home with the children when there is no viable alternative. Head Start gives children a better alternative than sitting in front of a TV as well as a good beginning and preparation for starting on an equal footing with other children. The child care subsidies allow these same parents to work at entry level jobs which may not pay enough to cover their sitter costs and their expenses. For some people, working at minimum wage and being off Welfare leaves them unable to meet expenses.

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Saviello
No We need to take care in need and continue to identify and eliminate fraud. see short answer

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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?

Dunlap
No Lowering the income tax sults in higher property taxes. Mainers have discovered the unfortunate results of the last income tax reduction, their property tax bills have gone up! Lowering the amount of taxes collected by the state resulted in lower aid to schools, reduction of the homestead exemption,lowered revenue sharing. Town budgets don't have any way to shuffle these off to anyone but the tax payer.Of course, cutting essential services seems to be an idea some folks recommend.

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Saviello
No We are where we need to be. see short answer

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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?

Dunlap
No If a worker choses to NOT join a union they should pay a 'fair share fee' to cover costs of negotiations and other services. I don't favor forcing union membership on anyone. But because unions provide services to all workers regardless of their status as a member (contract negotiations are the major service but there are others) there should be a payment mandated to cover the cost of those services. There should be no 'free lunch' for union benefits without membership

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Saviello
Yes Only if part a collective bargaining agreement. See short answer

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

Dunlap
Yes There was no rational reason NOT to do this. Refusing to expand Medicaid eligibility was short sighted and foolish in my opinion.

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Saviello
Yes I will support the Saviello and katz amendment. See short answer.

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

Dunlap
Market Maine as what it is instead of trying to be something else. Maine is a very special place. It has incredible beauty, friendly people who are willing to work and abundant resources. We need to match what we offer to business and light industry that fit us; not attempt to bring in industry which will be destructive to what we are. Ruining Maine's pristine environment would destroy our biggest business, tourism. Offering tax breaks can be effective but there must be serious consequences for taking tax money to start up and then cutting out.

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Saviello
We need to continue to reduce red tape and redundant permitting requirements. see short answer.

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

Dunlap
No There are valid arguments on both sides. I am not yet convinced this is a what would benefit Maine. In my opinion, the jury is still out on the legalization of Marijuana. I feel there are valid arguments of both sides and would like to see how these 'experiments' work in places like Colorado.

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Saviello
No The people need to make this decision and not the legislature. See short answer.

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

Dunlap
No Except in very unusul circumstances, the voters will is to be followed. The Governor is elected to follow the will and direction of the voters, not to use bond issues as a political weapon.

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Saviello
No The people voted yes. That vote needs to be honored. See short answer.

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

Dunlap
Continue to support Efficiency Maine. Encourage and work with alternative energy technologies. Efficiency Maine is probably one of the most successful programs to help home owners and businesses reduce energy costs. Encouraging the development of all types of renewable/alternative technology by assisting with siting, with regulations and with programs to train workers. Chasing companies away from Maine is NOT a solution.Reducing our air, water and other standards to attract business is not in Maine's best interest.

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Saviello
We need to work to get more natural gas into the state. This is the "bridge" energy source to allow renewable technology advance. See short answer.

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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?

Dunlap
Yes Until the voters rescind this it is the obligation of the legislature to make this happen. The concept of a democracy is that the voters decide who, what and sometimes how things should be done. When the voters 'mandate' a level of support of a service, that is what the elected representatives of those people would be expected to do. The funds the state operates with are coming from these voters, they should be able to control to a degree how they are spent. It may require raising taxes.

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Saviello
Yes The 55% is a state average and NOT 55% of every school budget. See short answer.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Dunlap
No Charter schools do not work economically in small population locations like Maine. Charter schools can work well in large population school districts such as NY City or Boston. In a small school population a charter school is draining resources from the school districts and moving them to a private school outside that district. This disadvantages the remaining students. The system controlling charter schools also seems to be lacking some very essential checks and balances. Our chief responsibility to our children is to provide a good education, not a buffet of choices. There are some special circumstances when a student will need something more than can be provided by their school district, but simply wanting a different school should not be an option. Virtual schools, charter or otherwise have been shown to provide benefit only to the owner and have NO place in Maine.

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Saviello
No We need to be sure the ones we have approved work. See short answer.

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