Martha Macauslan

Martha Macauslan

Martha Macauslan

Independent candidate for Maine Senate District 29 from Cape Elizabeth

Running against Rebecca J. Millett. View your ballot →

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

No. We just have to be careful about how we administer them to ensure compliance.

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

No. While I support lowering the state income tax, raising the sales tax broadly penalizes everyone for purchases that support small business and stimulate the economy. I would support a sales tax on purchases above a certain dollar amount.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I've been on the fence on this issue. If it's legalized, marijuana should be heavily taxed and regulated (including determination of where it can be sold). I won't support its legalization because I think the potential impact on society is too great.

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)

Terrible solution to funding education as mandated by the citizens and the Legislature over a decade ago. We want high wage earners to stay here, contribute to our civic life in Maine, and pay taxes here, not to leave the State of Maine for other states both near and far away where rates are lower. Let's get the Legislature to do its job and fund at the 55% level rather than penalize successful folks, drive them away, and spread the increasing tax burden over a smaller pool of taxpayers.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I support universal background checks. This ballot initiative doesn't do the job, it turns decent folks into felons for minor infractions.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

I support raising the minimum wage to $9 or even $10, but I don't support on going increases that occur automatically regardless of economic conditions. More importantly let's get focused on expanding the economy and put our energy into developing policies and initiatives that encourage more, higher paying jobs.

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?

I'd support not an either/or but a both/and solution. And I'd be looking for recommendations and input from law enforcement, social services agencies, community and religious groups, and health care providers before I'd make any decision. The stakes are very high on this issue--so many lives are at risk we simply have to do it better.

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?

Legislature.

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

I think the size is appropriate and the pay is ok as is.

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?

Yes.

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

No. I don't think casinos are good for the economy or for our culture.

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

We have tremendous natural and human resources in Maine, and the Legislature should work with the Governor to encourage more dialog with creative and engaged folks from the University system, with municipal officials from Eastport to Fort Kent to Kittery to Portland (and in between), with business and industry leaders to find out what works and what can be done, particularly in the areas of developing clean alternative energy and trade.

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?

I don't know that it's the State's job to address this demographic trend with a specific policy to encourage immigration. I do think that if we can fund education as the citizens have asked, if we can expand the economy with better paying jobs, we'll reverse this trend because our educated young people will be able to afford to stay in Maine and raise their own families.

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

Our lack of civic engagement and the ongoing rancor in our political dialog. It's unacceptable and unproductive, and the people of the State deserve better.