Catherine Breen

Catherine Breen

Catherine Breen

Democratic candidate for Maine Senate District 25 from Falmouth

Running against C. Barton Ladd. View your ballot →

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

No. We need more community programs that support people living with mental illness, addiction, and other chronic health conditions. Effective, evidence-based treatments in the community will lead not only to more productive lives but to decrease costs in emergency costs and crisis management.

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

I would consider raising sales taxes paid largely by visitors, but not largely by Mainers.

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?

Yes

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?

No. We cannot arrest our way out of this epidemic. I supported the hiring of 10 additional DEA agents in the last budget, but we need more funding and availability of detox beds and treatment programs. Evidence shows that treatment with medicines such as methadone and Suboxone have better long-term outcomes for opiate addiction than abstinence alone.

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 have not had heard from anyone in my district that the status quo should change.

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

I have not had heard from anyone in my district that the status quo should change.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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?

No.

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

The biggest barrier is the refusal of some in government to acknowledge that government should play a role in funding infrastructure and education programs that will foster economic growth.

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 should welcome people who want to live and work in Maine, no matter their country of origin or the color of their skin.

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

There are many emerging industries in Maine - biotech, agriculture, local food, renewable energy, aquaculture, and more - that the legislature should support with a skilled workforce, more broadband capacity, and transportation improvements. In addition, the forest products industry is in the midst of a major transformation, and we need to support that with research and development, labor training, and more.