Anne-Marie Mastraccio

Anne-Marie Mastraccio

Anne-Marie Mastraccio

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 18 from Sanford

Running against Gordon E. Frohloff. View your ballot →

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

Every child in our state should have the same opportunity to succeed, no matter where they live or their socio economic status. No one should go hungry in our state. Anyone that wants to work but needs training, should have access to that training. Seniors and disabled individuals, deserve to live in safe, affordable housing. And all Mainers deserve equal access to affordable healthcare.

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

I would not change the sales or income tax. I think any tax reform initiatives need to begin with municipal revenue sharing and the property tax.

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?

No

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?

Expanding access to treatment is just as important as increasing law enforcements efforts to intercept drug traffickers.

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?

Maine constitutional officers should continue to be elected by the Legislature.

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

I think the legislature would be more effective if it were smaller. I also think it would be helpful for committees to meet year round, since so many of the issues we tackle are so complicated and that would require an increase in pay.

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

Absolutely! As elected officials, we set the standard for appropriate behavior.

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?

Not at this time.

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

Right now it seems to me our biggest barrier to economic development is the lack of a cohesive state wide economic development plan that is forward thinking and global in its outlook.

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?

I believe the data shows that states with higher rates of immigration do not have the aging, decreasing demographic that Maine exhibits. As a state, we could financially aid and support those communities that actively seek out immigrants, so that the burden on the local municipality would not be so prohibitive. In the long run, it would be beneficial to the entire state to do more to attract individuals and families who have the potential to reverse this aging workforce problem and would be very happy to settle and raise their families in a welcoming state.

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

One looming problem is the disinclination of the Executive branch to work with the Legislative branch!