H. Stedman Seavey

H. Stedman Seavey

H. Stedman Seavey

Republican candidate for Maine House District 9 from Kennebunkport

Running against Diane M. Denk. View your ballot →

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

One of government's major roles is to promote the social welfare. Striking the right balance of social services is made up of many difficult choices. Is an individual able bodied or not. Is one in a situation through no fault of their own or is it through bad choices and lifestyles. Is one a Maine resident or not. I do not believe that we are too generous, I believe that we are out of balance.

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

I am a strong supporter of lowering the income tax. However, I would not raise the sales tax to achieve that goal. The sales tax at 5, 5.5, 8,9% depending on what you purchase is already too high.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I believe in the live and let live philosophy. However, I am worried about DUI of marijuana since there is no reliable test for it yet as there is for alcohol.

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)

This will have a crippling affect on Maine business and the economy. Also, the generated revenue is in no way guaranteed that is will benefit any child. The increased taxes will simply go into the general fund and be appropriated however the Legislature sees fit. This surtax will make Maine the second highest income tax in the nation. It WILL drive people from Maine to New Hampshire and Florida. When people leave Maine they take with them all their consumer spending on goods and services and all their charitable contributions as well. Maine must remain competitive with other states when it comes to taxes.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

This will not keep guns away from criminals. Maine already has a background check law. The second amendment is too important to be tampered with.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

This will be the single most destructive action to the economy in the last 50 years. Businesses will go out of business. Business will flee the state and labor will flee the state because there will be no jobs.

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)

Although plurality elections are not as good as majority elections, the way the proposed law is written is flawed. Only the second choice of the third place candidate will be counted giving the lowest minority of voters the right to vote twice.

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?

There is no Heroin manufactured or grown in Maine. It all comes across the border. We must tighten our border to prevent this.

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?

The attorney general should be appointed by the Governor. The others by popular vote.

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

The House of Representatives should be reduced to 99 members and the Senate to 33. The pay should stay the same. The best thing about the Maine legislature is that it is a citizen legislature, it should never become a professional legislature.

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

I find it very difficult to sit in judgement of another. We have laws for hate crimes and for slander and libel. Those accused and the aggrieved both have constitutional rights.

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

yes

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

no

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

a shortage of educated labor and the tax system.

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 cannot exist alone on tourism and retirees. We must expand our light manufacturing base. The paper mills are gone but we have a unique opportunity to expand to light manufacturing. If one has a job Maine is definitely the way life should be. We need to attract more people to the state and prevent our kids from leaving the state by promoting jobs and job security.

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

education and education funding