Paul T. Davis Sr.

Paul T. Davis Sr.

Paul T. Davis Sr.

Republican candidate for Maine Senate District 4 from Sangerville

Running against Carole J. Boothroyd. View your ballot →

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

We need to evaluate all federal,state,and local benefit programs to make sure money is being spent correctly and to eliminate overlapping. If possible after this evaluation services could be offered to the thousands of severely handicapped people on waiting lists. Some waiting for years for services.

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

Yes. Everyone pays sales tax. I am however, very cautious as to how it is expanded. Basic necessities of life should not be taxed. Our spending needs to be brought under control.We spend far to much money.

The income tax is a job killer.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

As a former police officer am very concerned about marijuana related traffic deaths. There is not any way to test for the level of the drug in the blood.

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)

Maine will have the 2nd highest income tax rate in the U.S. behind only California if this passes. We have a huge shortage proffsionals working in Maine. We need doctors, nurses, engineers etc. This will cause them not to come here and for others to leave.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Maine does not have a gun problem.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Small business will suffer. Inflation will greatly increase. This will hurt retirees. Restaurants will have a very difficult time to stay in 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)

Far to confusing. I would,support a runoff between top two votergetters. Also this is unconstitutional, according to the Attorney General.

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. Drug enforcement need to be a priority.

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?

Yes I support direct election.

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

Yes. Increasing size will only result in larger staff.

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

No. Public opinion will do that.

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

Yes. States that have right to work laws are far better off than those that don't.

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

We have enough gambling now.

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

High taxes. High energy costs and over regulation.

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?

Increase business climate, make it profitable for businesses to locate in Maine. Economic opportunity will bring young people to Maine.

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

The lack of economic opportunity is the biggest problem Maine has.