G. William Diamond

G. William Diamond

G. William Diamond

Democratic candidate for Maine Senate District 26 from Windham

Running against Ryan R. McDonald. View your ballot →

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

Not necessarily, however, the welfare system needs continual reform, an effort we initiated this past legislative session. We passed a bipartisan bill that tighten the loopholes, increased accountability and saved tax dollars.

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

I do no support raising and expanding the sales tax because it disproportionately impacts low income people. Also, there is no guarantee that the extra funds generated from the sales tax increase would be used to lower the income tax. As the former Senate Chair of the budget writing committee (AFA) I know firsthand how funds are diverted for last minute causes and needs when balancing the state budget.

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

No

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)

No response.

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

No

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)

No response.

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?

We can do BOTH, it's a matter of working together on legislation that gives a priority to treatment and enforcement - it doesn't have to be one of the other.

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?

YES. The system has worked out very well for our state. Note: FYI, the position of State Auditor in NOT a constitutional officer

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

Not at this time - the pay seems to be sufficient at this time. The size works well given the large geographical legislative districts in northern Maine.

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

I would consider it only if the offense met the threshold of a public sanction. Every case is different.

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?

Creating good paying jobs throughout the state depends on a healthy business climate, especially for small businesses. The legislature can play a vital role in improving our economy by passing legislation that encourages the expansion of businesses and bringing new businesses to our state. Fine tuning regulations is important.

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?

Doing all we can to incentivize our youth to return/stay in Maine to work and raise their families. Also, be a welcoming state to those who would be first time citizens to our state.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.