Anne C. Perry

Anne C. Perry

Anne C. Perry

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 140 from Calais

Running against Marianne Moore. View your ballot →

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

I work as a nurse practitioner in Calais, Maine. The thing I see most is our families who are working 2-3 jobs with no insurance and as result limited access to affordable health care. I would recommend that we expand Mainecare as encouraged by the Affordable Care Act.

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

I would support expanding the sales tax. There had been a proposal in the past which did prove with the expansion of the sales tax the income tax could have a significant decrease.

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

No

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?

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)

No response.

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

Yes

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?

We need to do both. However if we do not treat addicts, we simply ensure that more addicts will be created in order for addicts to continue to afford their habit. An addict sent to jail without treatment comes out an addict. The cost to society is even greater.

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?

I am not inclined to change the process right now.

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

I like the fact that Maine has a citizen's legislature. I believe that the size of the districts aid in this. As to the pay, I have not seen even a cost of living increase in the last 16 years that I know of.

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

I believe there should be some recourse because of this. There is not a business that I know of that would tolerate such behavior and we are supposed to represent ALL the voters in our districts.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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

It would depend where located and I have some concerns we may have saturated the market already.

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

In my research on sustainable economic development in rural areas, the best way to increase the economy is to support growth from within. This eventually increases the demand for infrastructure and attracts more business. TIFs in rural areas have not been greatly successful. There has been some work in creating an environment of support and loans that seem riskier but usually lead to greater stability and success.

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?

What we need to do is some of the above, thus keeping our educated and innovative youth to stay and for those who have left to come back.

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

I have nothing to add at this time