Race for Maine Senate District 34

in the 2016 General Election

Ronald F. Collins

Ronald F. Collins

13,127 (55.53%)

Republican - Wells

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Jonathan Kilbourn

Jonathan Kilbourn

10,513 (44.47%)

Democratic - Kennebunk

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

Collins
Maine supplies the social services that Maine taxpayers can afford to pay for.

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Do you support expanding or raising the sales tax to lower the state income tax? Why or why not?

Collins
I'm not a supporter for raising taxes on Maine citizens.

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Do you support marijuana legalization in Maine, as outlined in Question 1?

Collins
No

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Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Collins
No response.

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Do you support raising taxes on Mainers with incomes above $200,000 to increase state aid to education, as outlined in Question 2?

Collins
No

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Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Collins
No response.

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Do you support universal background checks for firearm sales, as outlined in Question 3?

Collins
No

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Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Collins
No response.

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Should Maine raise its minimum wage, as outlined in Question 4?

Collins
Yes

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Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Collins
No response.

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Do you support the initiative to use ranked-choice voting to elect state and federal officials in Maine, as outlined in Question 5?

Collins
No

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Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Collins
No response.

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Should Maine prioritize law enforcement efforts to intercept drug traffickers over expanding access to substance abuse treatment, such those that incorporates medications like methadone and Suboxone?

Collins
Yes

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Should Maines constitutional officers -- the secretary of state, the attorney general, auditor and the treasurer -- continue to be elected by the Legislature or by statewide popular vote?

Collins
statewide popular vote

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Is the size of Maines Legislature appropriate? Should the pay for legislative service be increased?

Collins
Maine's Legislature is the right size.Pay is adequate for a volunteer legislature.

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Would you support sanctioning another elected official if he or she made public comments or statements that were considered racist, offensive or prejudicial?

Collins
yes

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Would you support a so-called right to work law in Maine?

Collins
yes

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Would you support legislation or a ballot question to allow more casinos in Maine?

Collins
no

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What is the biggest barrier to economic development in Maine and what can the Legislature do to address it?

Collins
The high cost of electricity is one of the biggest factors in turning around Maine's economy. We should be buying our electricity from the lowest priced supplier available.

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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?

Collins
We should make every effort to keep our young people in Maine, and make Maine's economy so attractive that people will choose to come to Maine to live ,work, and raise their families.

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What is the most pressing issue in Maine these questions have not addressed?

Collins
Most of my concerns were addressed by the questions, however my biggest concern for the people of Maine is the need for jobs that provide a living wage.We must do a better job in promoting the Great state of Maine.

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