Peter I. Doyle

Peter I. Doyle

Peter I. Doyle

Republican candidate for Maine House District 39 from Portland

Running against Michael A. Sylvester. View your ballot →

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

No one who is able to work should be receiving an incentive to not work.

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

I generally prefer taxing on the consumption side over income.

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?

I think we have to do both/and. We should also look to other states to see what efforts they have attempted that have been the most beneficial.

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'd want to see the cost of moving to popular election, but in general I like the idea of relying on a statewide popular vote.

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

I'd reduce the size of the House by a third. We'd save some money to return to the taxpayers.

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

To my knowledge, the Maine Constitution does not have a provision for one branch to sanction another branch. While I don't condone or sanction such types of remarks, I don't think the a legislative sanctioning is the appropriate remedy.

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

In general, yes.

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

I'm not a big fan of adding more casinos.

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

Energy costs and a work force that has the skills needed for the new types of jobs that are becoming more common.

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?

I think that we should do whatever we can to attract productive hard-working people to our state.

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

Decreasing the cost of energy.