Michael G. Fisher

Michael G. Fisher

Michael G. Fisher

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 136 from Sullivan

Running against Richard S. Malaby. View your ballot →

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

No. Too many children in Maine do not have adequate food or decent shelter. Too many families are living in substandard housing. Too many of us lack access to healthcare. Too many Mainers who are struggling with addiction or mental health problems are unable to afford treatment.

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

No. I believe that sales tax disproportionately penalizes the poor.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I would vote yes if the question had reached the ballot in the same way as the measure on the ballot this year in California. Their measure is based on the recommendations of a blue-ribbon commission that included specialists in law enforcement, tax law, medicine, and federal drug policy.

Do you support raising taxes on Mainers with incomes above $200,000 to increase state aid to education, as outlined in Question 2?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

We cannot continue to pay for our schools from property taxes alone. This penalizes rural poor districts.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

My concern is all the women who have been murdered by men who already have convictions for domestic violence who should never have been able to buy firearms.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

We know that it is impossible to support yourself, much less a family, in a rural district or elsewhere, if you earn only the current minimum wage. So for me, the most important reason to raise the minimum wage is that, in a rich society like ours, it is the decent thing to do for working people.

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?

We should not prioritize one over the other.

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?

Yes. No.

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?

No.

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

Depends on how the legislation or ballot question is written.

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

We need universal access to high-speed broadband. The Legislature can make this possible.

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?

We should ask faculty at business schools nationwide to help us create a plan to attract young entrepreneurs and highly motivated immigrants.

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

Expensive electricity. The New England power pool charges Maine rate payers for transporting power from Quebec across Maine to consumers in southern New England. Why? Why dont the people who consume that power pay for it? Why do Mainers pay to subsidize power that they neither generate nor consume?