This is an awkward question. We are not too generous in providing social services to a public which is in need. Can we begin to examine our poverty rates as an indicator? Perhaps we need better management of how we provide social services.
As a new legislator, I want to be able to study the situation before rendering an opinion. The situation is complex, and we can not think that a decrease in one tax will somehow remedy a problem in another tax.
The state needs a system of social priorities. When we face such problems in poverty, employment, and education, we should not be attempting to make changes in substance consumption - especially when we don't have the data on the effects of this legislation.
While the state is working to meet the 55% burden of educational funding, we have not met that burden yet, and young people are the ones who ultimately pay the price for our short sightedness.
No one can abridge the right of Mainers to own guns. No one. Yet, we need to be sure that guns are owned and used properly and with responsibility. There are provisions of this referendum which may need adjustment.
This process helps to address poverty in the state of Maine. It is a stepped increase over time, and provides for a kind of adjustment period during the process.
Ranked choice voting should ensure that a candidate is elected with a majority of the votes cast.
There is no simple answer to this question. The state has done a good job in its efforts to address opiate addiction; however, there is much more we need to do.
These offices should continue to be elected by the legislature.
Candidate did not answer this question.
Everyone makes mistakes. But when there is a pattern of racist, offensive, or prejudicial comments, it would seem that the party would be the first to address the issue. Difficult conversations are only the ones we are afraid to have.
I believe in the importance of unions and associations to represent Maine workers best.
As a new legislator, I need more information.
There is not a single answer to this question. There are a variety of answers.
As a state, we have welcomed new residents before, even establishing New Sweden as a special colony for people from Sweden. Our own history is one of immigration, settlement, and integration. If we are to live in a pluralistic society, we need to learn the best ways to accommodate new residents.
Maine is the closest state in the union to all Maritime and European markets. Instead of being viewed as a northeast wilderness, we should think of ourselves as a hub and gateway to Canada and Europe. Increased infrastructure development in terms of rail, merchant marine and tele-communications will help address economic and employment issues.