Robert J. Saucier

Robert J. Saucier

Robert J. Saucier

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 147 from Presque Isle

Running against Harold L. Stewart III. View your ballot →

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

No, with Maine's population getting older we should be providing more assistance to our elderly.

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

No because we would have to raise the sales tax a lot to lower the income tax a little and would unfairly punish the poor and the middle class.

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?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

Yes

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 believe a combination of both is what would work 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?

By the legislature.

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

Yes. We would be able to attract more qualified candidates if the pay was increased. This election cycle there are 15 unopposed candidates because qualified candidates can't afford to run because of the low pay.

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

Yes

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

Absolutely not.

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

I would support either one if it were a tribal casino but I believe the ballot questionss more represents the will of the people.

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

Education and we must make it more affordable and provide more funding.

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?

We are all the product of immigration and to limit it would cause this State of Maine to become stagnate and fall behind states who welcome immigration.

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

Regaining our reputation as a great place to vacation and live and address the issue of more jobs in the state.