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On the Issues
How would you balance the federal budget/reduce the federal deficit?
Repeal the Bush tax cuts, decrease military spending and stimulate the economy with public works projects.
What steps do you support to reform Social Security and Medicare?
Strengthen both by increasing the SS income cap and reforming the tax code, and reduce costs with discipline and management of healthcare.
Would you sign a pledge to never raise federal taxes? Why or why not?
No. My pledge of allegiance is to the country, not special interest groups with agendas to get the rich even richer.
How should health care be reformed?
Universal single payor healthcare system with emphasis on prevention and healthy lifestyles.
Do you support a woman’s right to an abortion?
Yes, and other issues of concern to women: jobs with fair pay, education, family leave, child care, healthcare, and clean environment.
In Congress, would you support DOMA or legislation to allow civil unions or gay marriage?
I do not support DOMA, and do support marriage equality.
Should the federal government have a role in K-12 education?
The federal government must insure every child in US has an equal opportunity to succeed. Adequate funding of public education is critical.
What are the benefits of school choice? Vouchers? Should they be available for private and religious schools?
Benefits are largely unknown at this point; vouchers may starve some schools of needed resources; taxpayer $$ should not fund religious ed.
Do you believe climate change is happening? Do humans contribute to it? What should Congress do to address the problem?
Yes. Yes. Gov should provide incentives for efficiency and conservation; end some energy subsidies; and pass laws to reduce carbon
What should the country’s energy policy look like?
Energy policy should reflect values: conserve, protect the environment, rely on US and renewable resources, end ties with despots
In her opening remarks, Dill said Maine has the highest level of seniors with food insecurity. AARP says Maine ranks 17th for seniors ’ risk of hunger. Meals on Wheels puts Maine at 17th as well, but its data is a bit dated.
Dill said DHHS has been dysfunctional since Paul LePage took over as governor, but most of the problems the LePage administration has encountered are a result of problems withcomputers systems, which were implemented or decided on years before LePage took office.
Dill said 97 percent of businesses in Maine are small businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, in 2008, small businesses do in fact make up 97.2 percent of the state’s employers and account for 59.7 percent of the state’s private-sector jobs. Of the 147,484 businesses in Maine, only 33,962 are employers. The SBA considers any company with fewer than 500 employees to be a small business.