Stanley Byron Short Jr.

Stanley Byron Short Jr.

Stanley Byron Short Jr.

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 106 from Pittsfield

Running against Scott Walter Strom. View your ballot →

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

Maine is too generous in providing social services. This is due to the wide variety of assistance programs that we have made available, the lack of requirements placed on those receiving welfare and the lack of holding those that violate the system accountable. We need to take a hard look at the programs that are available and eliminate those that make welfare a way of life for some, versus what it was intended to do provide a second chance. We also need to hold those that are taking advantage of the system accountable for their actions. Also, we need to place requirements on recipients that will assist them in finding meaningful employment.

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

This proposal will have a very negative effect on the elderly in our state. Most of our elderly are paying very little in income tax, and they are just barely getting by now and this proposal will most certainly increase their tax burden. Furthermore, this proposal would substantially increase the sales tax on the items that our elderly need the most and therefore will have a devastating effect on them. For those reasons I do not support the expansion or the raising of the sales tax.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I do not support the legalization of marijuana because of its addictive nature and I believe that it is a gateway drug and I believe it will increase the number of people driving high. I am also concerned about the health issues related to smoking.

Do you support raising taxes on Mainers with incomes above $200,000 to increase state aid to education, as outlined in Question 2?

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I support raising taxes on those that have income in excess of $200,000 to increase state aid to education simply because of the lack of a better option that will allow assist us in providing our children with the best possible education.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

This proposal goes too far and I have seen no proof that Maine is in need of stricter regulations in this area. Also, I believe that its passage would open up too many ways in which people will unknowingly and unintentionally violate the law.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

An increase in the minimum wage is long overdue. An increase will mean that workers will have more to spend and the need for welfare will decrease significantly.

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 other state in the country has rank choice voting and it is deemed to be unconstitutional.

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?

No. Treatment must always be the top priority because it is the only way to break the cycle when it comes to abusers and the decrease in abusers certainly will have a negative effect on the number of traffickers.

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?

No. There has been no viable reason presented that I am aware of that warrants such a change.

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

Yes it is appropriate and no the pay should not be increased. If the size of the Legislature is decreased then the work load will increase and then the pay should most certainly be substantially increased accordingly.

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

Yes. There is absolutely no justification for such comments and to tolerate such actions cast a very dark shadow over Maine on a national level.

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

Absolutely not. This type of legislation would lead to the total and complete elimination of any type of representation of workers on the jobsite as will as at the legislative level. Worker protection laws would be in danger of being eliminated.

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

Yes. I would support effort to open more casinos because with more casinos comes more jobs.

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

Our infrastructure needs to be vastly improved and we need to pass whatever legislation possible to make that happen.

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?

Immigration may well be a way to reverse the trend, we also need to do everything possible to make Maine a state that viable businesses want to invest in, which will most certainly have a positive effect on our young people deciding to stay here in their home state.

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

The most pressing issue for me is the need to increase our efforts to meet the needs of what is left of our manufacturing. We can not afford to lose another paper mill.