The easy answer is yes, but how to solve the problem more difficult. Once a service or benefit is initiated, it hurts someone to take it away. Improving our state's economy is the best way to remedy this problem and hurts no one in the process.
Yes, but not to include basic necessities such as grocery purchases. Lowering state income tax levels would encourage business and job growth in our state. Expanding the tax base will ultimately lead to lower taxes for all Maine residents. In addition, Maine is the Vacation State and sales taxes, unlike income taxes, are paid by visitors to our state. In fairness, visitors to Maine should contribute to preserving the resources they come here to enjoy.
For the same reasons stated in question #2.
Constitutional issues aside, I believe the enforcement of the provisions of the proposed law would be difficult and result in the unfair prosecution of many law abiding citizens. A sentiment reflected by many of Maine's law enforcement officers.
Regarding the portion of the question that pertains to restaurant employees, many such employees already make well more than the minimum wage and, in some cases, passage of this law might negatively effect wait staffs net income by lowering patrons willingness to tip. Just ask any wait staff the difference in average tip levels between U.S. and Canadian citizens.
No. There must be an equal effort on both these fronts.
There are enough political signs in our neighborhoods already. No, I favor the current system of indirect appointment.
Yes to the question of size. The small legislative districts in our state make it possible for a candidate to run for office with little or no funding and still get there message out to every resident in their district. I believe this is important to our democratic system of government. No I do not favor raising the pay for legislators, that's not why I'm running for office and I don't intend to be a career politician.
That's not a job for the legislature but for voters. Believe there are already sufficient recall provisions in place for constituents of a given elected official to address this problem, however, if said provisions are inadequate I would be open to sponsoring such a bill. There is no place for discrimination in our government, but the ultimate decision as to what constitutes the crossing of this line must lie with voters.
No, I support the rights of workers to collectively bargain through unions and believe that beneficiaries of those negotiated contracts should contribute equally. I do not, however, support mandatory contributions to union PACs, which in many cases, support political goals that are contrary to the beliefs of their members. The proposals by many Democratic candidates for office to close coal mines in West Virginia is a perfect example of this concept in action. Despite these politicians complete disregard for the traditions and sense of dignity embodied by generations of coal miners, they continue to receive union PAC funding. If union PACs want their memberships support, they should have to earn it.
High Taxes and burdensome regulation.
Institute pro-growth policies, such as lower taxation and reduced regulation that encourage businesses and new residents to want to move to our state.
For my specific House District, Waterville and Oakland, rising property taxes among the greatest challenges facing residents in the district. As large anchor businesses have moved on, as in Madison, residents are left to shoulder the tax burden left behind. As a result of this, there has been an exodus of residents to outlying towns with lower tax rates, worsening the problem for those residents who remain. Waterville's mayor, Nick Isgro, is doing all he can to arrest this problem by reducing Waterville's municipal spending and promoting pro-growth policies, As State Representative, I will assist Mayor Isgro in any way possible to reduce the property tax burden on our residents and help restore prosperity to Waterville.