Brett D. Baber

Brett D. Baber

Brett D. Baber

Republican candidate for Maine Senate District 5 from Veazie

Running against James F. Dill. View your ballot →

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

The State needs to provide a safety net to its most vulnerable citizens. However, since the State holds a trust to use taxpayer funds prudently, it cannot allow waste and fraud to occur in its benefit programs. To the extent such abuses are occurring, it is too generous.

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

Yes. Sales taxes will be shared by everyone in Maine, including non-residents. In contrast, the income tax deters business and industry from investing in Maine.

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?

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

No

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?

This questing presents a false choice. we must do both to curb the drug epidemic.

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?

The A.G. should be appointed by the Governor. All other constitutional officers should be elected by the Legislature.

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

The Legislature should be reduced through a unicameral body. Pay for legislative service should be increased to allow more people the opportunity to serve.

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 weigh in on the comments in the forum of public opinion where such concerns are to be discussed. If the public official violated another person's rights under the State discrimination laws, I would consider official action.

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

Federal law has largely addressed this issue. I would need to see specific legislation to respond.

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

No. We have enough casinos in Maine (one should have been tribal).

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

High income taxes and energy prices are the biggest barriers to economic development in Maine. The Legislature should seek to reduce income taxes further and it should promote Maine's great hydroelectric resources.

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?

We need to build a robust economy to entice our youth to stay and work in our great State.

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

Education reform. We need to reduce the administrative cost burden on our school and universities to put more money into the classrooms.