Ronald F. Collins

Ronald F. Collins

Ronald F. Collins

Republican candidate for Maine Senate District 34 from Wells

Running against Jonathan Kilbourn. View your ballot →

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

Maine supplies the social services that Maine taxpayers can afford to pay for.

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

I'm not a supporter for raising taxes on Maine citizens.

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?

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

No response.

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

No

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?

Yes

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?

statewide popular vote

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

Maine's Legislature is the right size.Pay is adequate for a volunteer legislature.

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?

yes

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

no

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

The high cost of electricity is one of the biggest factors in turning around Maine's economy. We should be buying our electricity from the lowest priced supplier available.

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 should make every effort to keep our young people in Maine, and make Maine's economy so attractive that people will choose to come to Maine to live ,work, and raise their families.

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

Most of my concerns were addressed by the questions, however my biggest concern for the people of Maine is the need for jobs that provide a living wage.We must do a better job in promoting the Great state of Maine.