James D. Means

James D. Means

James D. Means

Republican candidate for Maine House District 27 from Gorham

Running against Andrew J. McLean. View your ballot →

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

While significant improvements have been accomplished, more needs to be done to eliminate fraud. People truly in need must be helped and ladders to help those able to work provided. Dignity is achieved through working.

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

No. The total State spending, and therefore all taxes, should be further reduced.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Others States (like Colorado) are experiencing dramatic increases of marijuana use by young people. Emergency room treatment has skyrocketed. We should not introduce another widely available drug in the midst of our opiad epidemic.

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 place Maine second in the nation as having the highest income tax. Only 15,000 households would be affected. Many of them will depart as taxpayers (they currently spend the most of our population in property and real estate taxes), leaving us with a net loss of income. It will also result in immediate job losses as these people move their professions and businesses out of Maine.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

It will not stop criminals. Maine has the lowest firearm related crimes in the nation; this simply puts otherwise law abiding citizens in danger of breaking the law.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

This will result in immediate job losses. It confuses minimum wage (starter/summer jobs) with living wages.

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)

It is expensive (about $1 million/year to operate, it is confusing and unconstitutional.

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?

Drug counseling professionals believe that education, treatment, environmental change, employment and enforcement are equally important.

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?

By an informed Legislature. They are our representatives and can determine who is the best person for each position.

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

Size and compensation are appropriate.

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

Freedom of Speech must be maintained.

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

Yes. This would encourage significant business relocations to Maine.

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?

Electircity expense. We need to obtain hydro generated electricity from Quebec. it is 1/2 the cost of what the Legislature allows.

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?

We should encourage graduates to move/stay here by allowing college loan payments to be deducted from Maine Income Tax for ten years.

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

No response.