Alan B. Tibbetts

Alan B. Tibbetts

Alan B. Tibbetts

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 77 from Sidney

Running against Michael D. Perkins. View your ballot →

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

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.

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

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.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I have some concerns about the referendum and have not decided how I will vote, but in general terms adults should have this choice.

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

Yes

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)

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?

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

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.

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?

Candidate did not answer this question.

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?

They should continue to be elected by the Legislature per the state constitution.

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

Maine's citizen legislature is the appropriate size. Let me go thru a session before forming an opinion on pay.

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

I would consider sanctions, depending upon the severity of the comments.

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

No!

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

Possibly a ballot question, depending on details, unlikely to support increasing casinos thru legislation.

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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.