Roger J. Katz

Roger J. Katz

Roger J. Katz

Republican candidate for Maine Senate District 15 from Augusta

Running against Henry K. Dilts. View your ballot →

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

We need to continue our efforts to help able-bodied people get OFF welfare as quickly as possible and transition to work. As unemployment drops, this should be easier to do. People who legitimately need help should get it, but our well-intentioned efforts have too often created a culture of dependency. I am proud to have helped develop TANF limitations and have introduced legislation to prevent food stamps being used for junk food purchases.

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I think we should wait and see how this goes in Colorado and Washington or a few years before we commit ourselves to this major change.

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)

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?

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

Candidate did not answer this question.

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?

Candidate did not answer this question.

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 support the current system.

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

I don't think pay should be increased but I do believe our legislature is much too large for the 21st century with our instant communications. Our 151 member House is the 6th largest in the entire country!

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?

No

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

Maybe

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

Candidate did not answer this question.

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?

See above--that is our biggest problem and I agree with these economists. Some positive steps should include: (1) Increasing English as a second language course access, (2) training more ESL teachers, (3) replicating Portland's successful Welcome Center in other locations to help integrate New Mainers into the community, and (4) helping new arrivals to translate their foreign degrees and vocational skills into Maine credentials. I think we should start the process with a new Cabinet Level Office for New Mainers.

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

How to make college more affordable and match up our educational offerings with the good-paying jobs of the future.