Theodora J. Kalikow

Theodora J. Kalikow

Theodora J. Kalikow

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 29 from Scarborough

Running against Karen Vachon. View your ballot →

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

My opinion -- not too generous. I would need to review the whole package before giving a more detailed answer.

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

In recent years we have had a number of sensible bipartisan proposals to adjust both the sales tax and the income tax. Sadly, none has succeeded. In any case, the sales tax is regressive and we probably should not just try to raise it to lower the income tax.

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?

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.)

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?

This is a bad question. Clearly we need to keep up efforts to intercept drug traffickers, AND we need to expand treatment options.

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?

Our system is quite unique. We could make an argument either way, no doubt. I think we have a lot more pressing issues than this to spend our time and political capital on.

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

Appropriate, depending on what? The issue of pay is linked with what the legislature is supposed to do, and the tools it is given to do it. At this point I have no settled opinion, and would need more facts to decide.

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

Certainly, but formal sanctions are a step that would need a lot more definition, procedure and consensus than we seem to have at present.

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?

We have many entities working on this topic, with plenty of successes. However, they are not coordinated and possibly therefore less effective. I would like the Legislature to take the lead in convening some state-wide discussions of this topic, with the hope that some public policy initiatives might result.

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?

This is connected to #14. We need more immigration, both from the US and from abroad, and we also need to find ways to keep our own kids in Maine, or get them to come back more consistently. A sound and successful economic development strategy might be part of the answer. Harnessing the research and development capacities of Maine's universities and the private sector ought to be a key part of any economic development planning effort.

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

Maine has a wonderful array of not-for-profit agencies and organizations, and lots of ingenious, entrepreneurial folks who are continually inventing new businesses and products. Getting the most out of our talents and accomplishments would require more concerted action among all the players..