Maine has always tried to strike a balance between stolid thriftiness and neighborly compassion. Government has a moral duty to provide services for those it governs. While there are many services that I could mention, ensuring good public health services and affordable housing are at the top of the list of services that I would increase.
I support raising the income tax to lower property taxes. Municipalities relying on property taxes are a regressive tax which exacerbates housing issues. I would also support a local option tax for the same reason.
Question 1 is not perfect but I believe that legalized marijuana should become a source of revenue for the state and cease to be a drain on the criminal justice system.
Maine has never fulfilled its promise to fully fund schools. The time has come to support our children and balance the tax cuts that have recently been given to this tax bracket in the name of austerity.
It is just common sense. Background checks do nothing to stop those who should possess guns and may stop some of those who should not.
All the studies show that this money is spent locally and helps businesses and communities. Any other talking points against an increased minimum wage are a ruse. The rise of the tipped minimum wage will be historic in helping Maine families to pay the bills.
I was one of the proponents of the first ranked choice voting bills over a decade ago. Ranked choice voting helps ensure a level of civility and honesty that is sadly missing lately.
No, it should not. Even law enforcement prefers treatment options.
Yes and no.
No. I would never support it.
Technology and the fear of technology. The infrastructure of Maine is outdated and serious investment needs to be made to create high paying jobs in Maine. Yet certain people denegrate these investments for their political gain. They prefer sound bites to data bytes.
I support immigration as well as active investment in our universities and colleges.
Affordable Housing. In Portland, In Bangor, in Lewiston and Augusta, people need affordable, safe places to live where they work.