Donna A. Bailey

Donna A. Bailey

Donna A. Bailey

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 14 from Saco

Running against Jeffrey A. Christenbury and Jacob C. Johnston. View your ballot →

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

We need to insure that those who are struggling through no fault of their own have the resources available to lift themselves out of poverty. Some reforms are needed in the way we provide social services to give those struggling incentives to better themselves and work to their fullest capacities. This would include, for example, a graduated system of benefits that would decrease proportionately as someone goes back to work or finishes school, and not just abruptly cuts off at a certain level, disincentivising against any working, even if part time.

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

We need to do all that we can to lower the tax burden for lower and middle class working families. Lowering the income tax and raising the sales tax will only increase the overall tax burden on those least able to afford it. This would also likely lead to an increase in local property taxes, further increasing the tax burden for working families.

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

Yes

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)

Unfortunately, the Maine Legislature has had many years to find ways to meet the State's obligation, passed by Maine Voters, to fund education at 55%, and has failed to do so. I am open to considering other plans to fund education at 55%, but, thus far, no other plan has passed the Legislature.

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)

Candidate did not answer this question.

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?

Maine should not prioritize law enforcement, prevention or treatment in order to address the opiod epidemic affecting our State, but should attack it on all three fronts equally.

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 no strong opinion on this. If it were to change to a popular vote, however, I would like to see those elections be non-partisan.

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

I have no strong opinion about the size of the Legislature. I do think the pay should be increased, given the amount of time involved, so that people from all walks of life can have the opportunity to serve if they want.

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

Depends on the circumstances, but I certainly would consider it.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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

I would not support legislation, but do believe that it is a local question the Voters of a community should decide.

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

The biggest barrier to economic development is the lack of skilled workers to fill the demand, and a lack of incentives to train and maintain workers in the areas in need. The Legislature can address this with support for educational programs that provide the training needed for today's job market, and that also provides incentives such as student debt forgiveness for those who agree to live and work in Maine, especially in under served areas.

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?

See my answer above concerning incentives and student debt relief

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

Property tax relief for Seniors on fixed incomes. We need to find ways to allow our Seniors age in place, in their homes, and not be forced to move from their family homes because they cannot afford the property taxes