Is Maine too generous in providing social services to its residents? Which government benefits should be increased or decreased?
Every child in our state should have the same opportunity to succeed, no matter where they live or their socio economic status. No one should go hungry in our state. Anyone that wants to work but needs training, should have access to that training. Seniors and disabled individuals, deserve to live in safe, affordable housing. And all Mainers deserve equal access to affordable healthcare.
Is the size of Maines Legislature appropriate? Should the pay for legislative service be increased?
I think the legislature would be more effective if it were smaller. I also think it would be helpful for committees to meet year round, since so many of the issues we tackle are so complicated and that would require an increase in pay.
Census data show Maines population is aging and decreasing, with some economists suggesting that immigration is the best way to reverse those trends. What should the state do to address this demographic trend?
I believe the data shows that states with higher rates of immigration do not have the aging, decreasing demographic that Maine exhibits. As a state, we could financially aid and support those communities that actively seek out immigrants, so that the burden on the local municipality would not be so prohibitive. In the long run, it would be beneficial to the entire state to do more to attract individuals and families who have the potential to reverse this aging workforce problem and would be very happy to settle and raise their families in a welcoming state.