Laurie W. Fogelman

Laurie W. Fogelman

Laurie W. Fogelman

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 137 from Franklin

Running against Lawrence E. Lockman. View your ballot →

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

I do not believe we are too generous as a whole, and certainly believe that we should accept Medicaid for the 70,000 Mainers who are eligible for federally financed Medicaid that our governor has denied to them. Driving through my district day after day, I have seen all too clearly that many people are in desperate need of help.

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

No, I believe this is a regressive tax that hurts people the most who can least afford it.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I will support the will of the voters on this issue.

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)

I will support the will of the voters on this issue.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I will support the will of the voters on this issue.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

I will support the will of the voters, however.

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)

I will support the will of the voters on this issue.

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?

No. We desperately need more treatment options, although law enforcement is also 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?

Continue as is.

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

I think there should be fewer House seats with increased salaries for all.

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

Depends upon the position of the elected official, the definition of the terms used here and the definition of sanctioning.

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?

if one or more of our tribes were allowed to build one, yes.

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

We must work immediately toward better cell phone and internet connectivity across the state.

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 definitely encourage immigration into our state as well as work for better paying jobs to keep our own young people in the state. we need to be more welcoming of all forms of diversity.

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

People in my district have often expressed terrible frustration with health insurance problems and with finding the health care that they need. Young people are having real challenges and so, of course, are older people who desperately want to stay in their homes but need more help to do it.