Maine is not too generous with its social services, fighting poverty should be a top priority. The type of reform we need is less bureaucracy so we can provide more services to those in need.
I do not support sales tax increases, they are regressive and hurt low income people the most. I support a more progressive income tax to increase government revenue.
I support it and the right of adults to use marijuana on their own time. I do think we need to keep an eye on legalization to make sure it's not a total free for all make sure it not a spectacle for tourism
Yes and in general I support shifting more of the tax burden to higher income earners. Our top tax rate starts in the low 20,000s and that needs to be shifted up.
Yes as a matter of fairness, all gun sales should require a background check.
Yes I support this measure as the first step for a $15 an hour minimum wage statewide. I also support eliminating the sub minimum tipped wage.
I strongly support this measure and think it will improve our democracy by giving voters more choices. I dislike how the media labels spoilers in races with more than two canidates and feel this measure will help independent and 3rd party candidates have a fairer chance.
Maine should prioritize treatment and harm reduction. All personal possession should be decriminalized, it's irresponsible to label people with drug problems criminals and hurt their future employment prospects.
Yes they should continue to be elected by our Legislature.
The size is appropriate and we should increase the pay to encourage more working people to run for office.
I support removing elected officials who engage in bigoted speech. Our country has a long history of racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of prejudices and unless we acknowledge this we can never make serious progress. Elected office is no place for people who look down on people, we need our elected officials to fight for a society that works for everybody.
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No I would not, casinos are not the type of economic growth we need.
The post NAFTA economy and deindustrialization has been extremely harmful to our great state. Sadly in the past 30 years or so both parties have bought into this trickle down economic myth that has done very little to help our economy and has led to grotesque inequality and stagnant wages. First and foremost we need to stop trying to lure companies by just giving them tax breaks and asking for nothing in return. We certainly should be negotiating with the private sector but any deal the state makes should include employment figures and livable wages. Secondly we should also work to incentivize the creation of local worker owned businesses. We can build stronger local economies throughout Maine by giving workers more control.
We should be working with the federal government to bring in as many refugees as we can. The United State has a moral obligation to help refugees fleeing countries like Syria and Maine can benefit from welcoming them into our communities.
The housing crisis in greater Portland. Its shameful that the part of the state with the best economy has out of control rent increases and is actively displacing people who are not rich or upper middle class. The state should encouraging rent stabilization for all of Maine so the problem doesn't spread further.