Maine is not overly generous. We should accept federal money to expand Medicaid in order to cover more people, create jobs and keep Maines hospitals from losing $90 million a year.
I do not support expanding or raising sales taxes in order to lower state income tax. Social security and military pensions are exempt from income tax. Raising sales tax on these people would increase their total tax bill and they can ill afford this.
I have some concerns about the referendum and have not decided how I will vote, but in general terms adults should have this choice.
With every right comes responsibility. I'm what most people would consider pro-gun, I own several military-style firearms, but I consider myself to be a responsible gun owner. Several times each year we read about toddlers who get hold of loaded guns and shoot siblings or playmates. Careless gun owners bear responsibility for these tragedies. Similarly, if you or I sold a firearm to a stranger without checking their background wouldn't we bear some level of responsibility if they used that firearm to commit crimes?
There is wide consensus among the people I've talked to that the minimum wage needs to increase. We might quibble about how much or whether tipped workers should have the same minimum wage. This is on the ballot because Augusta has not been able to act.
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They should continue to be elected by the Legislature per the state constitution.
Maine's citizen legislature is the appropriate size. Let me go thru a session before forming an opinion on pay.
I would consider sanctions, depending upon the severity of the comments.
Possibly a ballot question, depending on details, unlikely to support increasing casinos thru legislation.
The new economy is calling and we keep hanging up the phone. The biggest barrier is people who can't think outside the old economy. We would have thousands of new jobs if Medicaid expansion were passed. Another 600+ if we can pass a good solar energy bill. Maine also needs a plan to bring broadband/high speed internet access to rural areas.
First, we need to say YES to the new economy so that young people in particular have a reason to stay in Maine. Second, we need to ensure that if companies come to Maine we have enough trained people available to meet their needs. Third, land is plentiful and relatively cheap in Maine, we need to market Maine to those who want to become farmers. Immigration can play a part, whether that is from other states or overseas.
Small businesses and farms deserve a level playing field, right now the field is not level. We may never make this entirely right, but we have to at least try.
Note: I have not decided on question #3 above (marijuana referendum), but your answers do not allow for that possibility.