No. We just have to be careful about how we administer them to ensure compliance.
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.
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.
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.
I support universal background checks. This ballot initiative doesn't do the job, it turns decent folks into felons for minor infractions.
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.
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.
I think the size is appropriate and the pay is ok as is.
No. I don't think casinos are good for the economy or for our culture.
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.
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.
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.