Colleen S. Morton

Colleen S. Morton

Colleen S. Morton

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 139 from Eastport

Running against William R. Tuell. View your ballot →

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

No. Maine should expand Medicaid and provide more mental health and addiction recovery services.

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

No. Income taxes are progressive while sales taxes are regressive.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

But I believe it will need to be closely regulated to prevent prescribers and others giving it to children.

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?

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

It will cost a lot and will prolong the election process. It may also weaken the party process, which does provide some organizational support for our democracy.

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

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?

Legislature

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

Size is too large and pay is too low.

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?

Lack of training for people in rural areas on ways to work remotely and how to start their own businesses - and succeed. More subsidies for training programs in community colleges and high schools.

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?

Immigration and helping young people work remotely. More investment in infrastructure, such as broadband, that will help seniors age in place, young people work while living here, and more investment in ecotourism, among others.

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

Climate change