Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore

Republican candidate for Maine House District 140 from Calais

Running against Anne C. Perry. View your ballot →

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

In the past, Maine's welfare system has been extended more generously compared to other states. The Governor & the Legislature are moving the welfare system in the right direction, reducing abuse and fraud, making Maine's welfare system more in line with other states. The program should be a temporary hand up not a permanent hand out!

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

Yes. Reducing the state income tax is important for Maine's economy! I would be open to considering an additional 1 cent sales tax increase as long as the increase is tied to reducing the state income tax for the middle class!

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

While I support medical marijuana usage, I am concerned of the consequences if this passes. Not having a way to test someone under the influence of marijuana while driving places our citizens and public safety personnel in harms way, as well as the the possibility of this being the starting highway for stronger drugs for our youth.

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)

My concern with increasing the taxes for those making over $200,000 is the possibility of potential business investors pulling out or choosing not to do business in Maine. We need to find other ways to fund our schools at the 55% level promised to our cities & towns.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

While I support background checks for firearm sales, this law places undo rules and expenses on law abiding citizens. The bad guys will still find ways to purchase firearms illegally.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Raising the minimum wage will be a disaster for small businesses such as mine. Most small businesses are not able to pay the suggested rates and may be forced to close. Entry level jobs will not be available for our young adults. Additionally, waiters/waitresses will actually make less money with the loss of tips.

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)

This type of voting is very confusing for most voters and will complicate the voting process. Additionally, this will be a very costly expense to future elections.

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?

I feel we need both actions! Where there are addicts, you will always have the drug traffickers. Placing emphasis on both actions would reduce the market for the drugs, hurting their bottom line, and getting them out of Maine!

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 feel the election of Maine's constitutional officers should be by statewide popular vote. By allowing the Legislature to decide, selections end up being in line with the respective political parties.

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

With nine towns/cities in my district, I feel the size is manageable for me to represent my constituents properly. I do NOT feel the pay for legislative service should be increased especially when we continue to reduce reimbursements to cities & towns.

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

Yes! Any public official who engages in this kind of conduct deserves to be censured!

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

Yes! I think employees should have a right to choose whether or not to belong to a Union.

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

Yes, only if the next casino proposed is located in Washington County, and the ballot question is specific only to the county where a proposed casino would be located.

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

The bureaucracy and cost of doing business in Maine continues to be a hindrance. I feel business policies and procedures should be reviewed to streamline the process!

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?

Knowing we are experiencing a shrinking workforce, I support LEGAL immigration to fill gaps to continue to grow our business opportunities.

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

Restoration of the Revenue Sharing to abide by the law, funding schools at the 55% level voted on by the voters, and the importance of continued improvements to our roads and bridges are issues we need to keep front and center!