Race for Maine Senate District 7

in the 2014 General Election

Theodore S. Koffman

Theodore S. Koffman

8,407 (44.79%)

Democratic - Bar Harbor

Candidate profile


Total raised: $31,718
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $31,063
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $275
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $380
Koffman raised 77.98% of the amount Langley raised.
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $29,943
Donations from outside Maine: $1,500
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $275
Koffman raised 77.98% of the amount Langley raised.
Brian D. Langley

Brian D. Langley

10,361 (55.21%)

Republican - Ellsworth

Candidate profile


Total raised: $40,674
Types of contributions
Monetary donations: $39,735
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $687
Loans: $0
In-kind donations: $251
Donations from inside Maine vs. out-of-state
Donations from inside Maine (excludes self-financing): $35,167
Donations from outside Maine: $4,820
Maine Clean Elections money: $0
Candidate self-financing: $687

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

Koffman
No At $485 per month per TANF family, Maine offers the lowest amount in New England and we are ranked 19th in the U.S.. Certainly welfare support should only go to truly needy citizens. Measures to detect and stop abuse of the system is essential. There may be several key reforms and improvements to the welfare programs, such as a tiered approach to help recipients transition from full welfare dependency to joining the workforce. As the recipient earns more, over time, welfare benefits would be gradually reduced until the recipient is self sufficient.

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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?

Koffman
Yes Lowering state income tax rates could take place through a tax reform initiative, so long as other revenues are generated to offset the los Lowering state income tax rates could take place through a tax reform initiative, so long as other revenues are generated to offset the loss of tax revenue. Otherwise, lowering income taxes could impact the State’s support for revenue sharing with the municipalities, among other cuts in services---thereby shifting costs to towns and driving up property taxes to the middle class and families and the elderly on fixed incomes.

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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?

Koffman
Yes The State should not interfere with contracts between employees and employers. The State should not interfere with contracts between employees and employers. Current federal law prohibits employees from being forced to join a union, but paying a portion of the dues used to support representatives of the union to negotiate better wages and benefits for the non-union employee seems appropriate.

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

Koffman
Yes Nearly 70,000 low income Maine residents are eligible for medicaid. Having this segment of the population covered with insurance is the comm Nearly 70,000 low income Maine residents are eligible for medicaid. Having this segment of the population covered with insurance is the common sense thing to do. It will result in more preventative care, providing early treatment when needed, and reducing expensive emergency visits. Healthy workers are more productive employees. Healthy families are more stable and financially secure. And hospitals will benefit if 70,000 potential patients are covered with insurance, some of whom might require charity care, burdening the hospital budgets. An expanded medicaid program would provide thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in federal funds would come to Maine. The federal government has not reneged on its commitment to Social Security or Medicare, and we can expect the federal government would honor its obligation under the expanded Medicaid program---as has been the case in dozens of other states who are receiving and benefiting from the program. If state and federal legislators can enjoy health insurance supplied by the government, the citizens deserve the same consideration.

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

Koffman
Businesses will locate or expand operations in Maine if they have access to a well trained and trainable workforce and quality places in whi Businesses will locate or expand operations in Maine if they have access to a well trained and trainable workforce and quality places in which to operate. A strong higher education system and investments in research and development will stimulate the economy and support job growth---as is the case in those states that focus on emerging 21st century enterprises. Sectors, such as agriculture could see strong growth if the state pursued the vision, advocated by Maine Farmland Trust, of having Maine become the breadbasket of New England once again. The Brookings report, Charting Maine’s Future, presents an action plan that promotes sustainable prosperity and quality of place---building on our unique assets while seeking greater efficiencies in government operations.

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

Koffman
No Legalization might be considered, pending an evaluation of the medical marijuana operations and possible negative unanticipated consequences Legalization might be considered, pending an evaluation of the medical marijuana operations and possible negative unanticipated consequences. If recreational use were to be legalized, enforcement, consistent with alcohol use laws, is in place. In which case, tax revenues should go to the general fund.

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

Koffman
No The Governor should not disrespect the will of the people, having voted in support of obligation bonds. The Governor should not disrespect the will of the people, having voted in support of obligation bonds. Nor should a Governor withhold citizen approved bonds as a means of leveraging a political advantage regarding unrelated policy differences.

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

Koffman
Energy conservation through efficiency initiatives is a top priority; replacing inefficient motors; fossil fuel furnaces and water heaters; Energy conservation through efficiency initiatives is a top priority; replacing inefficient motors; fossil fuel furnaces and water heaters; and weatherization. An energy efficient building code is another fundamental step to lowering energy costs. Efficiency Maine has made a measurable contribution by investing in efficiency oriented heating, cooling, and lighting system renovations, particularly for public schools. The RGGI auction of CO2 allowances could generate more revenue to supply Efficiency Maine with more resources. Maine should energetically embrace properly sited grid scale wind development as well as supporting solar power tax rebates for residential and commercial properties. The cost of these systems have dropped dramatically in recent years, and installation and manufacture of these technologies will support lots of jobs. Other state are purchasing Maine generated wind power because the rates are competitive. A feed-in tariff would provide extra income for middle income families who invest in alternative energy and have surplus generation that to put on the grid, as in Germany has with extraordinary success. If Germany can accomplish this, we should be able to do the same or better. Natural gas can serve as a bridge fuel, and alternative to oil and coal, but it is not the long term solution to our energy and climate challenges.

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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?

Koffman
Yes This is a goal we should pursue for the benefit of schools, municipalities, and property taxpayers. This is a goal we should pursue for the benefit of schools, municipalities, and property taxpayers. But financial support for this goal must come from reallocation of current resources. We shouldn’t raise taxes to meet the 55%f goal.

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Should Maine have more charter schools?

Koffman
No Not until the state has thoroughly evaluated the educational outcomes and benefits produced by the current five charter school operations. Not until the state has thoroughly evaluated the educational outcomes and benefits produced by the current five charter school operations. And assuming current charter schools are considered educationally successful, through third party evaluation, no additional charter schools should be approved. Though if approved other funding sources must be identified by the Legislature, rather than diverting public school funding in support of charter schools.

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