Michael Stevens

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

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

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

No

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

No

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

Yes

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

No

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Do you support the initiative to use ranked-choice voting to elect state and federal officials in Maine, as outlined in Question 5?

No

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This is essentially letting the voters of the losing candidate(s) choose the winning candidate. Through each round of vote-counting (3 or more candidates) only those votes of the last place candidate (who will now be eliminated) are used to by taking only THEIR second-place choices into consideration for the next count. The losers will be choosing the winner. We would be the ONLY state to employ this method. We would be the guinea pigs. It would violate two different parts of our state constitution, thus leading to endless & costly law suits. In 2010 in Oakland, CA, a candidate (Jean Quan) won who had only received 24% of the votes in the first round of voting won such an election. Do not change our law that has served Maine well for over 100 years. One thing people should know is that these citizen initiatives (Questions 1-5), as is the case for most, if not all, are recycled bills. These have already gone through the state legislature in one form or another and were defeated.

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?

Neither direction should be shunned for the other. One helps prevent the problem in the first place, the other helps the victims.

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?

I am not in favor of any change at this time.

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

I believe that the make-up Maine legislature is fine, as-is. The state government is supposed to operate/govern for and in the best interest of the Maine citizenry. I do not believe that we, as legislators, should try to pry more money away from the people whom we swear to serve. Serving in the government should be seen as an honor and a privilege, not a pay day.

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

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

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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?

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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 the cost of doing business in Maine. If you attract new businesses, you will attract new jobs. If you attract new jobs, you will have new money and more employees wanting to live closer to their places of employment.

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

Illegal immigration and voter fraud were not covered.