Dustin Michael White

Dustin Michael White

Dustin Michael White

Republican candidate for Maine House District 146 from Washburn

Running against Rosemary Monahan. View your ballot →

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

Yes, I believe we need to continue reforming our current welfare laws to ensure its recipients are those who are truly in need, like our elderly and disabled.

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

Yes, I believe the current income tax rate punishes those who work hard to provide for themselves and their families. Moving to a fair use tax would allow hard working Mainers to keep more of their pay checks and decide when and how they wish to spend their own money. It would also force those who work off of the books to pay their fair share of taxes.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

My concerns lie with the inability to field test drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence, and am afraid it may lead to more motor vehicle accidents if made open for recreational use.

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 current proposal is too broad and vague, with no guarantees on how and where this money will be spent. Laws like this are best made through the legislative process where members of the public, as well as experts in the field, are allowed to voice their opinions and concerns. Subsequently, any changes can be made accordingly to ensure that the law is written in a way that makes it the most effective and achieve its goal without any conflicts or unintended consequences.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

This is not a law written for Mainers, by Mainers. This is an out of state solution to a non-existent Maine problem. We have a rich outdoor heritage and a history of responsible gun ownership.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

No, I believe this will hurt rural Maine where there isn't enough population to overcome the new challenges to small business' overhead. Furthermore, this will cause an increase to the price of products that will hurt those on a fixed income like our elderly and our disabled, who's incomes will be unaffected by a raise in wages.

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)

This referendum is borderline unconstitutional and will ensure that some people's votes simply will not count as they will be tossed out to go to their second choice. We shouldn't be forced to vote for a second choice candidate.

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?

I don't believe we should be forced to choose between one or the other. Both are crucial pieces in tackling this current drug epidemic that our state is facing. We need to provide ample resources for our law enforcement officers as well as providing tools for addicts to overcome their addictions. We do need to be careful about fighting drug addictions with the use of other drugs.

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 believe Mainers deserve the right to choose their own constitutional officers rather than just allowing the legislature to decide on their behalf.

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

While I believe the size of our current legislature seems appropriate to ensure the service to its constituents is covered and consistent, I certainly do not feel it's pay should be increased in any way.

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

I believe elected official's should be held to a higher standard, although they are still human, they are in the spotlight representing us. There are however, currently no laws or rules in existence to place such sanctions on an elected official if no laws have been broken and the official has committed no crimes.

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

Yes, I believe workers should be able to choose and decide for themselves what comes out of their pay checks every week. No person should be forced to join a union as terms of their employment as not all unions represent each and every employees views and opinions. Not every employee is in a position financially to be able to afford to pay dues.

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

I would be open to the idea if given the legislation would benefit all Mainers, our veterans especially. Maine should not be in the business of protecting out of state interests from competition especially if it means a loss of potential employment and tax revenue.

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

Maine faces many challenges in boosting economic development. High energy costs, high taxes, and a rural and sparsely populated geographic location create challenges for current business's as well as the creation of new ones. We need to cut the red tape to lower our energy costs in turn lowering overhead to make our businesses more competitive on a state and national level. We need to lower our income taxes, allowing business owners to reinvest back in our communities and its employees.

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?

Maine needs to find better ways to retain our youth in rural areas so we can end this consistent trend of our graduating seniors moving away for school and not returning home to begin their careers, buy their homes, or start their families. We need to focus on secondary and post secondary education, work with employers to provide quality summer internships in their chosen career fields, and work to establish good paying job offers upon completion of their college degrees between students and employers.

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

I think a pressing issue in Maine would have to be the rise in property taxes in recent years, especially in Aroostook county. It hurts farmers due to the amount of land owned and used, and it hurts the elderly and disabled who are on fixed incomes. Aroostook county is an agricultural and natural resource county, we need to support them, not place a financial strain on them. The elderly is struggling as well, their pensions and social security aren't going up the same rate as their taxes are, and many are struggling to stay in their own homes.