Joel R. Stetkis

Joel R. Stetkis

Joel R. Stetkis

Republican candidate for Maine House District 105 from Canaan

Running against Joshua T. Hartford. View your ballot →

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

Maine needs to prioritize those who are most in need. It has been far too easy for those who can work not to at the cost of those most in need and the hard working Maine taxpayers.

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

I support eliminating the Maine state income tax so that Maine can be more competitive around the country and globally. Allowing working Mainers to keep what they earn will help keep more of our children and grandchildren here in Maine with good paying jobs. There are plenty of options other than raising the sales tax. Creating more good paying jobs and attracting more working people to Maine will in itself create more revenue.Reducing our overall State Government costs also can offset some of the revenue from eliminating the income tax.

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


Please explain your answer. (Not required)

There are currently not adequate protections in place on the roads or in our workplaces to keep others safe from those who would drive or operate equipment while impaired.

Do you support raising taxes on Mainers with incomes above $200,000 to increase state aid to education, as outlined in Question 2?


Please explain your answer. (Not required)

With Our neighbors in Massachusetts having a top income tax rate of 5.2% and New Hampshire having 0 income tax ,increasing income tax on anyone makes us even less competitive and less attractive to job creating business's.

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


Please explain your answer. (Not required)

If Question 3 was to pass it would required background checks for TRANSFERS.Firearm sales are already required by Federal law and will continue to be. Requiring my friend to get and pay for a background check to borrow my shotgun and then myself paying for and getting a background check to get my shotgun back will never keep a criminal intending to get a weapon and do bad things with it.

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


Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

The Congressional budget office predicted a loss of up to a million jobs if the federal government raised the minimum to just $10.10 per hour. Mainers who need the jobs the most and have the least ability to find another are most likely to be the ones losing their jobs. Lets reduce the overall cost of living and give all Mainers a raise. A government mandated wage increase will raise the cost of everything we all buy. As one of the oldest states in the Country this will put added pressure on our seniors budgets who are barely able to stay in their homes now.

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


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?

Maine needs to prioritize in a way that works not for political reasons.

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?

I believe the citizens of Maine should have a voice on this issue like I argued in the public hearing this past session as the sponsor of these bills.

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

Pay should not be increased. The amount of bills should be limited each session like other much bigger states do. This would allow the ability to shorten the length of time of each session and allow for the possibility for more everyday Mainers to serve in the legislature.

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

The U.S Constitution secures our Right to free speech.

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

I believe that nobody should be forced to join any private organization against their will in order to be employed to make a living and provide for their family.

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

If enough signatures are gathered for a ballot question then it should be on the ballot for the people to decide.

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

Maines tax structure is one of the highest in the Country, our energy prices are not even close to being competitive as well as an overwhelming amount of business busting regulations. For Mainers to prosper ,we need more business creating jobs and to do that Maine needs to be competitive.

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 an economic climate that keeps our kids from having to leave the State in search of making a decent living.

Reduce taxes to attract workers to our state.

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

Maine needs to prioritize business and job creation over Welfare. Welfare fraud steals as much from the truly needy as it does hardworking taxpayers. For too many years the Democrats in Augusta have killed bill after bill after bill to reform welfare.Electing Republicans will create more jobs and less welfare.