Growing up in a working class family, my parents taught me the value of hard work from an early age. They also taught me that it is important to help people who need a hand up. Our welfare system is designed to do just that - provide a hand up not a hand out. We must ensure its success in transitioning people from welfare to work. It is also important to understand that thousands of Mainers struggle to provide the basic necessities for themselves and their families on a daily basis, and need assistance from time to time, for reasons out of their control. We need to reform our welfare system in a way that does not demonize people, but lifts them up and out of poverty; that incentivizes work and holds people accountable for gaming the system.
I support a comprehensive, bipartisan approach to tax reform. The way to fix our tax system is not raise or lower one individual tax, but to completely overhaul our tax system to encourage economic growth, entrepreneurship and job creation.
I continue to listen to those who advocate for the legalization of marijuana and to those who work with patients who struggle with drug addiction and abuse. I support medical marijuana, but I do not support the legalization of marijuana at this time.
I support raising Maines minimum wage. Im proud to have voted to do so this past year. Too many Mainers are struggling to support their families with jobs that dont pay a livable wage for a hard days work. I believe we need an economy that works for everyone - not just those at the very top. When working people have more money in their pockets, they spend it locally supporting our small businesses and our local economy.
In nine out of the last eleven gubernatorial elections, a winner has been elected without a majority. Ranked choice voting ensures that any elected official who wins is not opposed by a majority. It will provide more voice and more choice to voters, increase civility and create a more predictable and stable business and political climate in Maine.
We need a comprehensive approach to our drug epidemic. Enforcement is one piece, but we also need to ensure that those are struggling with addiction are able to access the resources and treatment they need to get better.
I am in favor of keeping our current system.
The size of our Legislature is governed by our Constitution, however if there was a bipartisan proposal to reduce the size of the Legislature, I would consider it on its merits.
Yes. In a civil society, and especially as elected leaders, there is no place for this kind of language or behavior.
I remain open this conversation, but I believe there is a limited capacity for casinos in our state.
We need comprehensive tax reform that encourages sustainable growth and we need to invest in the areas of our economy that create jobs: renewable energy, infrastructure, education and workforce training/development.
We need to encourage more young people to move to Maine, and that includes talented people from away. Whether they are teachers, doctors or lawyers, many of the immigrants who have come to Maine bring invaluable skills that they have developed in other countries. This idea is supported by the Maine Chamber of Commerce. Our world is changing very fast and we need to keep up with the changing marketplace. Investing in these communities, ensuring they are able to put their skills to use in Maine, and investing in our physical and human infrastructure would begin to stem the tide.
The most pressing issue in Maine is our short term vision. When making policy, too often we focus on what will make a difference in the next year or two. We need to be crafting policy that will guide us for the next 20-30 years. If we are able to come together and develop policies that grow our economy sustainably and predictably, we will slowly right Maine's economic ship and set us on a path for sustained growth long into the future. These policies include investing in our infrastructure - our energy and transportation systems, investing in our human capital - our people and education systems and finally, reforming our tax system so that we can encourage growth.