Election 2012

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Matthew W. Moonen

Party affiliation: D
Residence: Portland

On the Issues

How do you propose the Legislature closes Maine’s budget gap?

We have endured repeated cuts in recent budgets. We cannot cut our way to prosperity; it’s time to look at new revenues.

Do you think same-sex marriage should be legal in Maine?

Yes – all committed, loving couples should have the freedom to marry.

Do you support school choice?

We should work to strengthen all of our public schools, so that every child in Maine has the opportunity to get a top rate education

Do you think Maine's school consolidation program has been successful?

I support the goal of reducing administrative costs so more money goes directly to teaching, but one size fits all isn’t the best approach

Do you think Maine should expand MaineCare as proposed by the president under the Affordable Care Act?

Maine should comply with the ACA and set up a health insurance exchange in order to expand coverage, increase competition, and reduce costs

What is the biggest thing Maine can do to attract more jobs to the state?

Provide workforce training to match employee skills with employer needs and foster growth in clean energy, biotech, and emerging sectors

Do you support lowering the state income tax? What state spending would you cut to make up for the loss of revenue?

I do not support Governor LePage’s tax cuts for the wealthy. We must work to build a fair tax code for all Mainers.

Are Maine's public assistance benefits too generous? How should they be changed?

Public assistance helps our most vulnerable get back on their feet. We must focus on education & job creation to reduce need for assistance

What should the state do to lower energy costs?

We should invest in alternative energies and weatherization, as well as reducing our consumption.

Should Maine place more restrictions on abortion?