I do not believe that Maine is too generous in providing social services to its residents. It is critical that we continue to provide support in the form of access to food, shelter, and access to health care for all of our most vulnerable citizens.
No, I do not support expanding or raising the sales tax. The sales tax is very regressive -- hitting the poor and middle class in a much higher percentage of their income than it hits the wealthy. We should continue to use the income tax with a progressive tax rate structure.
I am generally in favor of the legalization of marijuana, but I do have concerns about the referendum as written. I believe the tax rate is too low and the regulatory framework is too vague.
I do not favor making tax policy by referendum. However, I am deeply disappointed that the state legislature has not complied with the requirement that the state fund 55% of education costs. For that reason, I will reluctantly vote in favor of question 2. The state legislature seems incapable of meeting its obligations to our children without being forced to by referendum.
I strongly believe that background checks should be required for all firearm sales. I think the referendum as written provides adequate protection for families who may want to pass guns down to their children.
I believe the Maine legislature should have taken a proactive approach and raised the minimum wage on its own, so that details such as the tip credit phase-out could have been carefully scrutinized and negotiated. However, it is well past time to raise the minimum wage so I will vote in favor of this referendum.
No, I believe that we need to focus on the demand-side of the drug crisis in order to make any real progress. Medically tested, evidence based treatments should be prioritized.
Maine's constitutional officers should be elected by the Legislature.
I don't know.
At the moment, I think the biggest barrier to economic development in Maine is our governor's negativity and the negative image that he imparts to the state through his racially charged and bullying remarks. I believe that, at the very least, the legislature should, with one voice, call for his resignation.
There are some bright spots in Maine's economy and those spots need to be highlighted and supported. Additionally, developing better broadband infrastructure will enable more people to work remotely -- enabling them to enjoy Maine's exceptional quality of life while working for companies that are far afield -- bringing money back into Maine and keeping their expertise in the state.
Access to affordable health care. Maine needs to accept the federal funds that are available by expanding the Medicaid program and moving back toward being a leader in making affordable access to health care a priority.