Stephen S. Stanley

Stephen S. Stanley

Stephen S. Stanley

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 143 from Medway

Running against Debbi J. Perkins. 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 provide services to the people in need and do a better job of enforcing the abusers of the system. The head start program should be increased in the rural areas.

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

I am in favor of doing neither until we improve the low median income jobs to a more higher median income jobs.

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

Yes

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?

Yes

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?

Yes

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?

Substance abuse needs to be addressed and treated as an illness. The more people we put in jail are taking dollars away from treatment and its also making life harder for the individual when they leave the corrective system with a criminal background record.

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?

Legislature

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

It's appropriate. If you decrease the size the rural areas get affected more than they already are. The pay is about where it should be.

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

Yes depending on the manner and circumstances of the comment.

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?

yes

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

The rural and urban divide. The legislature can make decisions based on what's in the best interest of the State and not from a geographic perspective.

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 improve our low median income and provide higher median jobs to encourage our young population to stay in Maine.

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

The same issue that has faced every legislature for the last 20 years or so, we must move from a low median income and create a higher median income work force. Good paying jobs are the key to moving Maine forward.