Guy A. Iverson

Guy A. Iverson

Guy A. Iverson

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 114 from Chesterville

Running against Russell J. Black. View your ballot →

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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

Simply raising a tax to lower another tax is not cutting taxes. Someone with this idea is directly benefiting from it. I do not agree with cutting income taxes until the state is fully funding education. The first taxes we should be cutting is property taxes. Our home owners drive our communities and the cost of education is breaking them. I have knocked on countless door and not one person complained about their income taxes, but I've heard a lot about property taxes. That is where the tax problem is. I helped reduce the budget in Chesterville 4.7% and didn't cut services. Our legislators need to set priorities and property taxes should be near the top.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I do not endorse drug use, but the penalties are out of line with the crime. People are people and people do things that aren't good for them, but they're going to do it anyways. Convicted of these crimes affects their employment, housing, etc.. for the rest of ones life. Many people are not happy with the bill, but this bill can be worked on. It is the only tool we have legalize it and remove these outrageous penalties.

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)

We need help funding education. The state needs to find away to fund K-12.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I am a gun owner and prefer education over legislation. We have some serious issues with firearms and need to start teaching hunter safety in school. I would suggest expanding the DARE Program to cover the basics of hunter safety. With parents working 2 and 3 part time jobs they simply don't have the time. I grew up when our parents worked Mon thru Fri. Times have changed and we have to make adjustments.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

People that work 40 hours should not need social services. We need to be careful not to hurt the business with less then 25 employees and lack flexibility. We might want to subsidize those businesses to protect them from unintended consequences.

Do you support the initiative to use ranked-choice voting to elect state and federal officials in Maine, as outlined in Question 5?

Yes

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?

Enforcing opiate based drugs should automatically be a priority. It is not choose one or the other, we need both. Companies that manufacture highly addictive drugs should fund and have a long term follow up program for patients prescribed these drugs. Once addicted they are addicted forever and will always be at risk.

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?

Legislature, you don't change the rules simply because you don't play well with others.

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

We shouldn't change the size or increase their pay.

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 not support sanctioning, that is the job of the voters. Our elected officials should know how to behave and act accordingly. Be careful who you elect.

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?

Yes, if a community wants it.

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

Infrastructure, we need to invest more in Northern Maine to attract people. We have one of the deepest ports in the United States and we are not making the most of it.

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?

Create opportunity; better education, good paying jobs and safe neighborhoods. If we provide them our children will stay and others will move here.

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

Property taxes, we are watching school budgets being voted down all over the state. The state needs to focus on property taxes. They are the life line for our communities. Revenue Sharing should be restored and the legislature needs to find away to fully fund K-12. Changing those two things would be a huge weight off the property owners.