Renee P. Morin

Renee P. Morin

Renee P. Morin

Republican candidate for Maine House District 11 from Biddeford

Running against Ryan Michael Fecteau. View your ballot →

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

Yes. I support programs that give a hand up rather than a hand out. Such as WIC, short-term housing assistance and educational programming that lead to a job. Maine's unemployment is down and we should assist in getting people to work and gain independence.

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

Yes. If you can afford to shop, especially for toys and luxury items, you can afford the tax. If you have more income, you will be able to shop more and therefore contribute to taxes in that manner. Your income should be yours to do with what you choose, spend or save. Ideally, I would prefer neither tax.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Just look at the drug problems we have already created mainly from legally prescribing Opioids. Lets not legalize more drugs.

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)

We are in the top third of states in spending on education, but we are near the bottom is teacher compensation. It is not that we need to spend more money; it is that we need to put the money in the right place. We waste so much money on regulations and administration and although this referendum is supposed to go to the students, it is very vague and misleading. This tax will hurt our economy with no guarantees it will help education.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

This is a bad law and it will not help anyone. Let's work on enforcing the laws we do have.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

A great economy will drive wages up and not put unreasonable restraints on businesses that cannot afford to pay such high wages. Dunkin Donuts in my town is advertising openings with a starting pay of $10/hr.

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)

I read the proposed law and it is confusing and complicated! We need to have straightforward elections where the person with the most votes wins.

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. Enforcement of tough laws keeps drug traffickers away. We need to expand treatment but not with more medications (drugs). We will never win the war on drugs with more drugs. Prescription drugs are what drove this level of substance abuse. We need readily available, long term, peer-to-peer treatment. This is what really works. A recovering addict can be the most help, because they know this addiction best.

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?

Elected by the Legislature.

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

The size of the Maine Legislature could be a little smaller; this would save money for the taxpayers. At this time, I feel the pay is sufficient.

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

We do have freedom of speech in this country. Each situation must be looked at independently.

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

Yes. No union should have the right to demand union dues. Our teachers should be allowed to join the union if they so wish, however, if they choose not to join the union they should not be forced to pay union dues as they are now.

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

No.

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

We need a skilled and dedicated workforce. This can only be solved with a great education, starting in Kindergarten. We must work hard to raise the bar on education and expose children at an early age to the possibilities offered in this new global economy. Students should be ready at the end of High School to progress to college or have great career skills. A skilled workforce will bring more companies to Maine.

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?

Maine is a beautiful place to work and raise a family. More young people would love to stay in Maine. A great economy will keep them here and as stated before that starts with a skilled workforce.

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

Maine would be a better place if we were free from invasive government regulations and bureaucrats. We need to streamline our government agencies and lessen regulations that keep our economy from growing. If someone fails to do their job, they should be held accountable. Today we write a new law or regulation every time someone fails to do what he or she is supposed to. The oversight becomes more work for everyone and this cycle continues to a burdensome level. Efficient, reasonably sized government agencies are what we need in Maine.