C. Barton Ladd

C. Barton Ladd

C. Barton Ladd

Republican candidate for Maine Senate District 25 from Falmouth

Running against Catherine Breen. View your ballot →

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

Yes. We are on an unsustainable path. We have to be very careful everywhere.

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

I support ways to broaden the tax base, reduce the sales tax rate, and reduce the income tax.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Train wreck waiting to happen (possibly literally).

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)

It will kill our state-- our demographic downward spiral will get worse as more people leave and fewer will come, especially entrepreneurs.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

It's poorly worded. It will cause to many problems without solving any.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

It will hinder small business-- the backbone of our state. Lost jobs will result.

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)

Bad idea-- I support a two person runoff of the top two candidates.

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.

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?

Statewide vote.

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

It's appropriate, but we are losing too many good candidates because of pay-- legislators should get the minimum wage.

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

A censure would be in order.

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

Yes.

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

No.

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

The high taxes-- lower them!

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?

Lower taxes-- make Maine more desirable to move to-- not encourage people to move away!

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

The overall economic direction of the state-- we need to be pro-growth.