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We should not overtax our citizens, and should not be expanding state government. We need to be frugal in our approach to government spending. I would prefer to see the sales tax raised/expanded. It is a tax on consumption of goods and services. Reducing or eliminating the state income tax would enable more Mainers to keep what they earn, enabling them the freedom to redirect funds as they see fit, possibly spending more on goods and services. It is a win-win situation for all.
We are in the midst of a drug crisis in Maine. I can see no logical reason to create another avenue for addiction and impairment for our citizens. Some consider marijuana to be a gateway drug. Legalization will make it harder for law enforcement to assess OUI driving. We do not know what negative effects such a law would have on worker productivity, affecting businesses. Do we really want a culture like this for Maine? What about the dangers of marijuana and THC-laced candy and baked goods? I believe the increased availability of marijuana and marijuana products would morally harm our young people and minors. Many are against cigarette smoking - what about the effects of second-hand marijuana smoke? This is a bad referendum - voters do not have all the facts to carefully weigh this issue. I am against Question 1 for many reasons.
Mainers with incomes above $200,000 are mostly professionals - physicians, lawyers, many with large student loans to pay off. This referendum question is bad for Maine - will result in doctors leaving Maine for more tax-friendly states, making it more difficult to attract new physicians and other professionals to our state. It would cause job creators to look elsewhere to move or establish their businesses. This question presumes more money is needed for education. We need to more efficiently spend education monies by reducing administrative overhead. More state aid is not the answer - better administration is.
Question 3 is big out-of-state money trying to impose restrictions and burdensome regulations on law-abiding Maine gun owners. It will not stop criminals from obtaining guns. It is yet another bad referendum question seeking to bypass the Legislature, the most appropriate forum for vetting this issue. I am not in favor of Question 3.
No. Raising the minimum wage will cause businesses to raise prices across the board, which will negatively affect those on fixed incomes, such as our seniors and those receiving government assistance. Moreover, it will unduly pressure businesses to restrict hiring. Those employees earning tip income would be adversely affected, no longer having the incentive to work harder to provide good service, limiting their income. Many students work as wait staff during summer breaks - they can earn substantial amounts of money in a short period of time during the summer tourist season. Question 4 would jeopardize earning such income. It is bad for business, bad for our employees and bad for Maine.
Ranked-choice voting is not a good idea - it makes the election process complicated and unfair and would decrease participation. I am not in favor of Question 5.
Certainly, we need to increase law enforcement efforts to combat drug trafficking and increase penalties for those convicted. I believe it to be more important than expanding treatment programs at this time. Substance abuse treatment is necessary for those addicted, but medication treatment programs need to be analyzed to determine their effectiveness compared with other forms of treatment. Any medication treatment should be administered by a licensed physician.
I don't have a strong opinion on this issue. I would be inclined to leave it as-is.
Maine's House of Representatives is too large for such a rural state. I do not think pay for legislative service should be increased.
No. The Maine Constitution does not have such a provision.
Yes. Mainers should have the right to work without being required to pay dues to join a union.
The Legislature must have a strong desire to do what is necessary to make Maine prosperous, to attract and keep new and existing businesses and industries. The high cost of energy is perhaps the biggest barrier to economic development. We should be buying lower-cost energy from Hydro Quebec and not dismantling our hydro dams, among other options. We need a more common-sense approach to this challenge.
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Lawmakers in Augusta need to work for the good of the people, not for their own interests - to increase freedom and prosperity for all citizens of this great state, to ease the tax burden, to make state government smaller, more effective and more responsive to its citizens. Changing this mindset in Augusta is perhaps the most pressing issue of all. I hope to be part of the solution.