Michael D. McClellan

Michael D. McClellan

Michael D. McClellan

Republican candidate for Maine House District 66 from Raymond

Running against Jessica L. Fay. View your ballot →

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

Government exists to take care of the poor and needy, to give a step up to someone in need for a short time, who desire to move forward. It is clear government benefits are too easy and there are people who take advantage of this. I see that the disabled and many veterans get left behind as they do not/can not advocate for themselves and other funding areas jump ahead of them. Maine should strive to look at the individual and help each seek independent living, independent living is a different thing for each of us.

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

I philosophically do not support (higher sales tax) it but without government looking at the budget and clearing items Maine should not be funding, it is the likely way to go when looking to end the state income tax. I do not support any raising of taxes as government in Maine has the needed money to do what we should be doing. I do support really looking at the budget and spending our taxpayer monies correctly. When I am handed a budget with hours to go prior to a vote, there is a clear message that we are not seeking to improve.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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)

No response.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

No response.

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)

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?

Yes, Maine should make it harder to sell drugs and for dealers - the penalties should be so high as to help them find a new line of work. We should look at drug dealers as we look at terrorists. I find most issues we deal with today can fall back to our breakdown of the family unit. Government has encouraged this and we are reaping the rewards now. People on drugs are seeking something. We need to show kids in their youth that there are much better things.

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?

Popular vote. We have seen some of these offices in past years filled by political appointments, people who place their political label over the work.

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

The idea is to represent the state people, they are quite spread out. The idea also is to make it so it is not too easy to enact legislation. Thus, while it may feel inefficient, it is good to have a large number of members and it is good to make the whole thing inefficient so the legislature is not proposing 2,000 bills a year. Well....we are proposing too many bills but do not make it easier to do so! The pay can be a burden for some who have to provide for their family but I do not think we want to pay people more. I have attended conferences with legislatures from states that pay full wages, we do not want to create that class of entitled people.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

Would you support a so-called right to work law in Maine?

Yes, the most calls I get are people asking to not be forced to be in a union.

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

I would not. I personally do not see it as economic development.

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

Regulations limiting business creation. I spoke with a farmer a few years ago who gave tours. He wanted to sell popcorn but found he needed 7 permits. The cost and time made him pull back.

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?

Lower taxes, give seniors and veterans incentives to locate here. Take a good look at the University of Maine programs in Orono that allow for students to have an idea, explore it as a business option and then start a business. Maine should duplicate that environment for our youth, for all who would dream.

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

Education and education funding. It works in some communities and not so in others. Our funding formula is too complicated and benefits/hampers specific communities and counties. Youth/adults looking to go to college should not just get a large loan as is now the case with the federal government covering the risk. You wouldn't do that with house loans (well, actually the feds did and it did not go well). Work with students to have a real plan (it can change) meaning study something that will help you find work. Take more advantage of programs allowing high school students to experience some of the college work (Bridge Program). Maine needs to have a paradigm shift in how we do education.