Wendy S. Ross

Wendy S. Ross

Wendy S. Ross

Democratic candidate for Maine House District 87 from Wiscasset

Running against Jeffery P. Hanley. View your ballot →

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

No. Maine needs to accept federal funds for Medicaid. Every Maine resident needs access to health care. If Maine accepted federal funds it would help over 7,000 low-income Mainers that now have no health insurance

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

I would favor raising sales taxes on tourism goods and services to raise money from out of state, but I do not see any need to offset that gain with a reduction in state income taxes.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

I am still deciding which way to go on this. I see pros and cons to both positions.

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)

This may be the only way we can fund the states commitment to fund 55% of public education in the state.

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

No

Please explain your answer. (Not required)

The transfer provisions of this measure are too restrictive. But I do support reasonable measures to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those who would try to do us harm.

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

Yes

Please explain your answer. (Not required.)

The current minimum wage level is way below what is needed to live on.

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)

Ranked-choice voting ensures that we elect only candidates who can win the support of a majority of voters.

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. It should be a balanced approach between prevention, treatment and law enforcement.

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?

They should continue to be elected by the Legislature,

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

The size of the Maine Legislature is appropriate and pay for legislators should not be increased.

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

Yes, we must return civility to our political process.

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?

I would support a ballot question on this issue.

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

The legislature needs to support more investment in education, from preschool on, including vocational training; in Maines infrastructure, including high speed internet across the state; and in new energy technologies such as solar.

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?

Invest in our infrastructure and education to attract more young people and families while also welcoming immigrants, especially those with the work skills Maine needs.

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

Increasing the transparency of our state government, while working to return to the civility and bipartisan cooperation Maine was once known for.