Arthur C. Verow

Arthur C. Verow

Arthur C. Verow

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 128 from Brewer

Running against Garrel Robert Craig. View your ballot →

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

Not too generous in general in supporting children, disabled and elderly. More support for these areas would be welcome.

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

Don't support raising the sales tax. State income tax could be lowered by reducing spending. .

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I don't see any compelling reason that this is necessary.

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)

This increase would only be applied to the amount over $200,000. Income $200,000 or less would not see an increase. The State has an obligation to fund 55% of the cost of education. This extra revenue would move us closer to meet that obligation.

Do you support universal background checks for firearm sales, as outlined in Question 3?

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No one wants guns in the hands of dangerous people. This law would restrict the transfer of guns between law-abiding citizens. I also object to wealthy out-of-state individuals trying to dictate how Mainers conduct their lives. Our Legislature, through careful and thoughtful debate, can decide appropriate changes to gun laws.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Everyone deserves to earn enough to provide for their family.

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)

The hope is that this will encourage less negative campaigning as candidates will want to be considered in a positive light in voters rankings.

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 should give priority to both law enforcement and expanding access to substance abuse treatment to address this crisis.

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 don't have any strong preference here.

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

Size and pay are both appropriate.

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

Yes as an option.

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

Our labor unions are important and should not be discouraged or hindered in their work.

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

Our current status of one in Northern (Eastern) Maine and one in Southern (Western) Maine are all that we need.

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

Big barriers are energy costs and taxes. Legislature needs to adopt a smart energy policy to attract and retain businesses. Our tax policy needs to be attractive to businesses as well.

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?

Immigrants have historically been important to our workforce. We should make immigrants welcome and provide training and education so that our industries can survive and prosper.

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

Stem the outflow of young people leaving the state for employment.