Maurice Joseph Marshall

Maurice Joseph Marshall

Maurice Joseph Marshall

Republican candidate for Maine House District 135 from Lamoine

Running against Brian L. Hubbell. View your ballot →

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

Yes Maine needs to continue to fight welfare fraud to protect the truly needy.

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

No The sales tax is already too high.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Marijuana legislation should be done on a the federal level.

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)

The program would be a deterrent to high income individuals remaining in Maine.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

This will punish law-abiding gun owners without preventing criminals from obtaining firearms. Criminals do not follow the law to obtain guns.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

This will costs jobs and hurt small business.

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 program would be unnecessarily expensive and confusing. A runoff program between the two top vote getters would be more practical.

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?

Yes Substance abuse treatment must include behavioral programs.

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?

No, by statewide popular vote.

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

No. The size should be decreased. No. The pay should not be increased.

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

No because that is free speech and the elected official is accountable to the voters.

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?

Yes

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

Government regulation and taxes. Lower both.

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?

Improve the economy for job growth.

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

Education reform