On the Issues
How do you propose the Legislature closes Maine’s budget gap?
The creation and support of new and emerging industries will be vital to the long-term vitality of Maine’s economy. As an example, the decriminalization of cannabis will grow the agricultural industries, create a new revenue stream for the entire state to benefit from, and will reduce enforcement, judiciary, and penitentiary costs. Maine is poised to lead both New England and the entire country with a diverse agricultural and manufacturing base set to exploit the dozens of products that come from this family of plants.
Do you think same-sex marriage should be legal in Maine?
Yes. A state-issued license implies that the government is granting permission to do something that would otherwise be unacceptable. As long as the State seeks to insert itself into the private lives of its citizens, it shouldn't be discriminating how it does so based on sexual preference any more that it shouldn't discriminate based on race or gender. Further, these protections afforded to the citizens of Maine shouldn’t be limited to just marriage and their choices to associate with each other, but to all aspects of an individual’s life and liberty.
Do you support school choice?
Educational choice is the cornerstone of an efficient and competitive public school system. Respecting parental choice in all aspects of raising their children should the priority of the state; in doing so, Maine will reap the benefits of a diverse, competent, and free society for generations to come.
Do you think Maine's school consolidation program has been successful?
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Do you think Maine should expand MaineCare as proposed by the president under the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act is arguably the greatest achievement of corporatism is the last century. The Affordable Care Act was openly written by insurance companies, and will result in the greatest transfer of wealth from the middle class to the corporate elite. The only thing “affordable” about it is that as the poverty rate rises, fewer people will have to pay for it. This shrinking middle class will either have to watch “their fair share” of taxes increase to balance the needs of the greater good, or our entire country will have to pay the silent tax of inflation as we continue to debase our currency to pay for this legislation.
What is the biggest thing Maine can do to attract more jobs to the state?
The most common concern among businesses in Maine is uncertainty about the future. The best thing the state can do is to provide a consistent and stable environment in which to grow. The state should assume the role of the greenhouse, as opposed to the role of the farmer.
Do you support lowering the state income tax? What state spending would you cut to make up for the loss of revenue?
Yes, I would love to see more Mainers keep more of their money in their pockets and in their communities. Maine is a resource rich state, and there’s no reason that we necessarily have to cut services to our individual tax burden. I would like to see the state slowly replace its individual income tax with revenue from emerging and new industries, such as the production of clean energy and taxes on the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana.
Are Maine's public assistance benefits too generous? How should they be changed?
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What should the state do to lower energy costs?
The state only has two ways to affect the price anything: the levy of taxes, and the provision of subsidies, but in the end both result in higher costs to the consumer. Taxes obviously raise the cost immediately, while subsidies do so over time. Rather than relying upon energy taxes, the state should seek to create an environment of competition for businesses to create jobs and to provide consumers with more choices.
Should Maine place more restrictions on abortion?
No. Rather than seeking to restrict choices in health care, I would like to see Maine lead the nation in its support for the liberties of women and all of its citizens.