NO.We've reduced the number of individuals receiving SNAP even as food insecurity remains a growing concern, especially among children. We need to expand Medicaid and restore services to the mentally ill and disabled.
I support broadening the sales tax; we need to assure our tax structure is fair and balanced and does not rely too heavily on one leg of the three legged stool - income, sales and property tax.
It makes sense to decriminalize marijuana. My concerns are for clear and enforceable regulations, education that will keep children and all those under 21 from gaining access. The law is complex; I am not sure the DACF is the right place for implementation.
We need to fully fund our schools and ensure that every child has access to a quality education no matter where they live. We also need to take some of the pressure off property taxes which unduly impact those in fixed incomes and undermine support for public education.
We may need to clarify sections of the law to make sure we are not creating confusion and
No one who works full time should live in poverty. It is time to raise the minimum wage; 90,000 women, many single mothers, will be better off.
We need all three efforts to be increased: prevention and treatment and law enforcement. We seem to be lagging on the treatment and prevention sides.
the current system has worked well; I would be willing to look at alternatives in a thoughtful manner.
I would like to look at alternative suggestions and weigh closely the pros and cons. I think the small districts keep our elected officials close to their constituents so something would be lost by increasing the size.
As elected officials we all should be held to the highest standards of civility, decorum and should behave in a manner that is respectful of others and upholds our nation's values of equality and justice. There should be consequences for not doing so.
Not sure - I would have to study this issue and what policy or planning currently sets the context for additional casinos.
Lack of leadership and a positive spokesperson. We need leaders who promote our assets - our people, place and institutions, in a positive, forward looking fashion. We need to celebrate and support the entrepreneurial activity and energy that exists in this state already. We need to improve our infrastructure - roads, bridges, ports, real and most importantly, broadband so the economic activity of Maine people can reach markets.
we need to welcome immigrants and newcomers to our state; we need to increase efforts to attract our own young people to come back to Maine.( (Live and Work in Maine) See answer to Q 14 - we need to promote our state as the great place it is to live work and raise a family.
Energy. We need a broad based energy policy that sets clear goals for renewables, efficiencies and reduction of environmental impacts and that includes solar, wind, biofuels, and other sources.