Adam M. Pontius

Adam M. Pontius

Adam M. Pontius

Republican candidate for Maine Senate District 27 from Portland

Running against Seth M. Baker and Benjamin M. Chipman. View your ballot →

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

How can we know when we do not do a good enough job of measuring the efficacy of our social service programs? We should determine appropriate and transparent indicators to measure the success or failure of social service program beyond how much or little we are spending and adjust accordingly.

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

I think it is a good idea to shift the tax burden from income and property tax payers to a sales tax. We ought to pursue a balanced taxation policy that is based on Maine's needs. We are a state of roughly 1.3 million year round residents but some 33 million tourists also enjoyed a public parks, roads, public transportation and other services in 2015. We should shift some of Maine's tax burden off of income and property taxpayers by enacting a statewide sales tax.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

No response.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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?

Treating the opiate/heroin crisis in Maine as a question of whether law enforcement or treatment should be prioritized to the detriment of the other is the wrong approach. If we are going to get past this crisis we need to invest in coordinated care, and evidence based treatment. Law enforcement and treatment are both parts of a solution, not competing solutions on their own.

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?

No, I think it is appropriate for Maine's constitutional officers to be elected by the Legislature.

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

We should look to shrink the size of Maine's Legislature, and increase pay for legislative service.

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

If the public comments or statements are one in a series of such events, then yes I support sanctions.

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

I do not support 'right to work' legislation.

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

I do not support more casinos in Maine.

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

The biggest barrier to economic development in Maine is lack of human capital. We need to both convince young Mainers that they can have a future in this state, and attract talent from abroad. This is a complex issue that cannot be tackled in any single piece of legislation, but making student loan payments tax-deductible for anyone who commits to living in Maine for three years would be a good start.

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?

We should encourage immigration. I have already seen the positive, revitalizing effects of immigrants choosing to move into neighborhoods in Portland. We have jobs that need to be done, and if immigrants are willing to do them then we ought to welcome them with open arms.

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

We need a coordinated approach to economic growth in the Portland area. In order for the Portland metro area to continue growing we need to attract medium-sized and large companies. This will require a regional approach to investment projects, zoning changes, and municipal planning and spending. We should always value our status as a home-rule state, but it does not need to come at the expense of cooperation between municipalities.