Richard Vinton Snow

Richard Vinton Snow

Richard Vinton Snow

Republican candidate for Maine House District 47 from Yarmouth

Running against Janice E. Cooper. View your ballot →

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

No, we do need to align them closer to the national average so when you compare our programs to other States. We also need to ensure that we are following all the Federal mandates to prevent forfeiture and fines in the future.

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

Yes, I would like an expansion all goods and services with no carve outs. I would also like to lower the sales tax to 3-4 percent. We are in direct competition with New Hampshire where there is no sales tax.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

We have already allowed medical marijuana. Colorado has seen significant increases in traffic fatalities and injuries due to operating under the influence. It is also sending the wrong message to our youth.

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)

This is a major job killer to Maine. We have enough difficulties bringing high paying wages to Maine and this will only make it worse. Think Doctors, Engineers and small business owners who will be significantly impacted by this law.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

This is a solution looking for a problem. We have gun registrations in place now and the way this referendum is written will make it very difficult to enforce. I also believe that it has Maine Constitutional questions. How would you like to have to go to the DMV every time you loan your car to someone?

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Major job killer for Maine small businesses. Most people don't remember the 70's with double digit CPI adjustments. No business can adapt to an annual CPI adjustment to our lowest wage. Since every position will get constantly increasing wages, we will have ever increasing prices causing super inflation on prices. The 300,000 + people on fixed income will not be able to keep up with the ever increasing cost of living.

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)

Not Constitutional.

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?

We need to do both. Stricter enforcement on distribution and sales and a larger increase in rehab treatments. I would like to see a program like the Scarborough police departments expanded throughout the State.

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 would like to see them elected by the legislature.

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

We do have to many elected officials based on the population of the State.

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

We are seeing a significant increase of misbehavior on both sides of the political spectrum. I have no problem sanctioning anyone who makes a threatening statement. I would have a hard time taking away someones 1st amendment rights.

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?

Yes

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

Regulation, Taxes and spending problems.

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 our legal immigration process. Reduce the regulatory burden for getting certification of a number of jobs.

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

We need to reduce the partisanship of the legislature. Maine must become a leader in bringing our nation together.