Donald Paul Robishaw Jr.

Donald Paul Robishaw Jr.

Donald Paul Robishaw Jr.

Republican candidate for Maine House District 93 from Rockland

Running against Anne H. Beebe-Center. View your ballot →

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

In order to provide an answer I need to see all of the information on both sides of the argument.

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

No, I don't feel spending more in sales tax with the possibility of saving on your income tax, would benefit taxpayers. Would most spend more during the year than ultimately save? With out knowing how much of an increase versus the amount in reduction of income taxes this question is wide open. If elimination of income tax is the goal, that could be another topic of discussion.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

We have big enough problems with drugs without adding another potential problem. Colorado has had a big increase in MVA's since legalizing it. I am also concerned about enforcement of someone who drives after indulging more than they should and still dives.

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)

The lottery was supposed to fund education, but goes to general fund. How long before the same happens with this money.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

People who commit crimes with guns will always get guns.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

I believe it will force cost to go up. Maine has a very aging population, People on fixed incomes already have difficult decisions on prioritizing purchases, such as pay taxes, buy food or purchasing needed medication.

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)

One voter, one vote per race.

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?

There needs to be an end time to get people off alternatives such as methadone. The treatment should not go on forever. Stopping the drugs from coming into our state and stopping the production within the State must be the priority.

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, yes at this time. Pay ,not at this time. I have concerns of how geographically versus population would play out throughout the State if the number of Legislators is reduced.

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

The concern I would have is who determines what is racist, offensive or prejudicial? What someone feels is offensive may not be for someone else.

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?

Cost of doing business. Reduce workers comp., health insurance, and other big expenses which prevents the State from attracting new business, and others from expanding.

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?

Need to keep and attract more good jobs, this will help keep our young from leaving our State for other better paying jobs in other States.

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

The Legislature needs to remember why citizens entrusted us to provide a better life for them.