Joanne F. Dunlap

Joanne F. Dunlap

Joanne F. Dunlap

Democratic candidate for Maine Senate District 17 from Rangeley Plt

Running against Thomas B. Saviello. View your ballot →

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

Maine is far from too generous. Maine residents who need help are more likely to be called lazy than to get services that could enable them to become productive citizens(provide a mother with toddlers to work with child care!)

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

I do NOT support lowering the state income tax. Income tax is a non -regressive tax, based on 'ability to pay',income! Lowering this raises both sales and property tax which are both regressive taxes and are more of a burden for those with lower income.

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

Yes

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?

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?

This should NOT be an either/or question; both are 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?

Yes, continue to be elected by the legislature.

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

Maine is a large state with a diverse population, to represent them all well, I think the size of the Legislature is appropriate. I don't know about the pay, I do not believe it should be so low no one can afford to do the job.

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

YES

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?

NO

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

We need to be open to 'new' types of economic growth (computer based business, solar power, off shore wind farms, technology based business)and let go of the old mills. Some mills may survive but propping them up with tax rebates is feeding a dying horse. Smaller, environmentally friendly business should be encouraged as well as small farms (we can feed New England if we work at helping the next generation farmers)

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?

Immigration is a very good way to rapidly increase the younger population and bring new energy into the state.

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

Education. Maine needs to support its schools.