Susan A. Deschambault

Susan A. Deschambault

Susan A. Deschambault

Democratic candidate for Maine Senate District 32 from Biddeford

Running against Matthew William Stone. View your ballot →

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

No we are not to generous in providing services to those who truly need it. We need to continue to focus on ensuring we are doing our best to make sure the system is free of fraud and corruption.

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

No I do not support this proposal. Our current system ensures that everyone pays their fair share. The sales tax unfairly burdens the lowest income people in Maine. This is not sound tax policy for our state.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I do not support recreational marijuana but I do support the current medical marijuana statutes that are in place.

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?

Yes

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.)

I supported increasing the minimum wage during the last legislative session and I continue to support this effort now.

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?

No, we should be addressing prevention, treatment and law enforcement with the same resources across the board.

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?

Yes

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

Yes the size is appropriate. I would support a review to determine if the salary of our legislators is in line with the salaries of legislators in comparable states.

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?

No

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 biggest barrier is lack of a skilled workforce for todays high tech industries. The legislature needs to continue to support innovation in education and incentives for highly skilled workers to come to Maine.

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?

Creating an environment where everyone can reach their highest potential and enjoy living, working and playing in Maine.

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

One issue not mentioned above is the need to continue to ensure that the State keeps providing revenue sharing to communities at an adequate level throughout Maine so that the burden of providing services does not fall to the property tax payers.