Carole J. Boothroyd

Carole J. Boothroyd

Carole J. Boothroyd

Democratic candidate for Maine Senate District 4 from Dover-Foxcroft

Running against Paul T. Davis Sr.. View your ballot →

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

Maine probably needs better oversight of its social services and less exemptions from the work requirement for TANF. Maine needs to bring its public health system up to standard.

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

No I don't support expanding the sales tax in order to cut income taxes at this time. I support increasing state revenues by creating more small businesses and jobs in Maine. In addition, I think the income tax is a more reliable source of revenue than sales taxes.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I see no reason for marijuana to be illegal or for police to spend their valuable time arresting marijuana users. Alcohol is legal, yet it poses a much greater risk of addiction, which harms individuals, families and communities. The experiment to outlaw alcohol in the USA failed: the experiment to outlaw cannabis should also fail.

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)

Until the state meets its obligation to fund schools at the 55% approved by voters in 2004, some measure is needed to keep our public schools from failing.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I am willing to support the endorsement of the Maine Police Chiefs.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Many of our small businesses are already paying above minimum wages because they value their employees and want them to stay. When companies don't pay a living wage, it is often the taxpayers who end up subsidizing their employees with food stamps or other benefits.

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)

Ranked-choice voting will insure that a winning candidate has a majority of votes

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?

No, Maine needs a balanced approach to our drug and alcohol abuse epidemic.Law enforcement can step up efforts to stop drug traffickers, but that approach alone will not be effective in reducing the opiate crisis. I believe addiction requires intensive medical intervention and addicts in Maine have very limited access to such treatment. This is especially true for pregnant women and mothers.

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?

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 size of the House is appropriate, but Senate Districts can be extremely large geographic areas and may require two senators per district. If we want a more representative sample of Mainers in the legislature, the pay should be increased to the average salary in Maine.

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

Yes

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?

Yes

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

I don't know what the biggest barrier to economic development is, but I can name a few that are very important. One, the workforce in Maine is under-trained and under-educated, in part because post-high school education is too expensive for many families. The legislature can address the problem by giving more funding to higher education institutions. Currently, Maine invests only 4% of its budget in higher education. Two, the state is fairly lavish with corporate tax exemptions, but doesn't do enough to support small businesses. The legislature could cut back on subsidies to large corporations and increase them for small business. Three, looking backward to past industries rather than anticipating future needs is holding Maine back from growing a robust economy. Legislation needs to embrace new technologies. An example is the solar bill which was vetoed by the governor and failed to override his veto. Renewable sources of energy are the wave of the future and represent a huge growth area for the economy.

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?

The state should welcome legal immigrants and work to increase small businesses, the backbone of Maine's economy. More young people will stay in Maine or move to Maine if they can make a decent living here.

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

Climate change and its effect on the future of Maine's marine, agricultural and tourism industries.