Richard S. Malaby

Richard S. Malaby

Richard S. Malaby

Republican candidate for Maine House District 136 from Hancock

Running against Michael G. Fisher. View your ballot →

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

No, but we are trying to be all things to all people and we need to prioritize and then adequately fund those priorities.

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

I do support this in principle, but like so many things the devil is in the details. I would welcome a lower income tax rate, as it would help the state retain those folks who leave for lower tax states. I also think a slightly higher sales tax might help inject revenue from our tourism industry but I do not see a 1 to 1 correlation.

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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It will once again chase our high earners to lower tax states. I am not so sure that more money is what is needed to fix our schools.

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

No

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No response.

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

No

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The market place should set the minimum wage based on skills, experience and supply and demand

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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A superficially very attractive idea which would invalidate the one man one vote rule and is also clearly unconstitutional- as the Maine constitution states that a candidate requires a plurality (the most) of votes to win an election.

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?

No- both treatment and law enforcement are necessary.

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?

Popular vote

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

It is a nice thing that House Districts are so small- you get to know your constituents and vice versa. I do however think a reduction by 1/3 would be appropriate. Unsure if more funding is appropriate.

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

Certainly if that official was also in the legislature, as we have rules of decorum.

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

Yes

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

No, unless it was restricted to our tribal population having the right to operate. That population has been repeatedly screwed by the Maine Legislaure.

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

The US has the highest marginal business tax rates of the 33 most industrialized countries, and Maine adds to that burden. Certainly taxes are an issue. But so is workforce development, and high health care costs.Lowering business tax rates and capital gains tax rates would help. Improving our connectivity would also help.

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?

If we look at what Ireland did when they were facing these issues I would say making Maine an attractive place to do business would help. This could conceivably increase legal immigration thereby raising our populations growth rate.

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

Energy costs, particularly the increase due to deregulation- and the subsidies which have driven up our prices contributing to the decline of many traditional industries.