Roger E. Reed

Roger E. Reed

Roger E. Reed

Republican candidate for Maine House District 103 from Carmel

Running against Richard A. Thomas. View your ballot →

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

Yes, especially when it provides these services to 40year olds that are capable of working, or to non-citizens that have never contributed anything to the economy. These services ought to be applied to those citizens who truly deserve them and have earned them.

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

The state income tax should be lowered in small steps so we can see its affects on the economy. The sales tax base should be broadened somewhat, but not too drastically,or all at once.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

Marijuana is a gateway drug and eventually it will lead to the desire to use harder drugs and this will lead to future problems for the state of Maine.

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 discriminatory referendum, and it is a sharing of the wealth proposal. It is an attack upon those who have realized the American Dream. It will lead to a group of important contributors to the economy to look for somewhere else to reside where they will be appreciated more.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

This measure is unconstitutional by federal and state law. It is nothing More than a step in the direction of gun registration. It is not enforceable.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

This measure will lead to hurting small business. It will cause people not to hire those who are the unskilled workers. Further, in some cases it will lead to some companies replacing workers with advanced technologies.

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! This is also unconstitutional as already stated by the Maine attorney general. This will set up numerous court cases because elections are to be decided by a plurality vote, not by majority vote. It also violates the principle of one person, one vote.

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, because if the drug trafficking continues unabated it will lead to an increase in drug addiction and to the necessity of more clinics, more methadone, and more suboxone.

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?

yes, statewide elections would cost more money, but it would probably lead to well-qualified officers and less partisan bickering.

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

Yes, the size of the legislature is due somewhat to the rural, spreadout characteristics of Maine. No, the legislature of Maine already comes at a high cost to the people of Maine.

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

No, I would prefer that we follow the rules set up by the Maine constitution pertaining to sanctions and impeachment. These accusations are thrown around way too much, and political correctness has been carried to the extreme.

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

Yes! Everyone has a right to work without having to join a union, or having dues removed from their wages. Choosing to do things of your own volition is still important in America.

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

No! Casinos are nothing more than exploitation of the poor, and most of the money raised by casinos is not spent in this state.

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

High energy costs, over regulations, and high taxes are all barriers to economic development. The legislature can reduce taxes and do away with excess regulations, but there is no consensus to do it.

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 the state should be open to legal immigration to meet these needs. I do not support allowing immigrants into our state that are entering the country illegally, and unvetted.

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

The question of a quality education for every kid in Maine regardless of where he or she lives. We need to get the school funding formula fixed so that the funds are distributed fairly and equitably to guarantee this for our kids.