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Friday, Oct. 30, 2015: Yes on Question 3, get big money out of politics, Gov. ‘Mal’

No on Question 1

Question 1 on the Nov. 3 ballot, the so-called clean elections question, could really mess up Maine’s economy if voters approve it. Question 1 would make Maine less competitive, severely limiting our ability to attract private investment to create career opportunities for Maine people.

Question 1 would funnel $3 million per year of taxpayer money out of our economic development efforts and, instead, use those to fund political campaigns.

Corporate tax expenditures are the financial tools Maine deploys in order to help attract new businesses from away and incentivize new investment and expansion of existing businesses. Without these modest and primarily performance-based financial incentives, Maine would not be able to compete in the global market.

Question 1 risks our economic future in order to help fund political campaigns. That is not an economic development strategy.

If there are, in fact, corporate tax expenditures deemed “low performing” by the Legislature, why not reallocate those funds to programs and economic development related expenditures deemed “high-performing”? Doing so would only strengthen our overall economy, boost our tax base and put Maine on a stronger path to prosperity.

Unfortunately, Question 1 does the exact opposite, taking millions of dollars permanently out of our economy. I urge Mainers to see through this fiscal shell game and vote no on Question 1.

George Gervais

Commissioner

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development

Augusta

Yes on Question 3

Most of what I have seen covered by the media about this election involves funding more politicians’ races or increasing the amount of dark money going into Maine politics. We have heard little about the most important item on the ballot: an $85 million transportation bond. The transportation bond, Question 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot, will fund improvements to bridges, highway, rail and marine facilities and will pay for projects that are past due.

Working for a trucking company, I see daily the damage Maine’s bad roads does to our fleet. Bad roads drive up the cost of shipping. And more than 80 percent of Maine goods come into and out of the state via our roads. These are costs that are passed on to the customer.

Let’s band together and do something to fix our roads and bridges to make our state competitive again. Please vote yes for Question 3.

Brian Bouchard

President

H.O. Bouchard Inc.

Hampden

Get big money out of politics

As a Mainer and small-business owner, I am proud to support Question 1 on the Nov. 3 ballot. I’m proud to join hundreds of small-business owners of all political persuasions who want to see big money out of our political system.

The problem of unlimited and often secret amounts of money flowing into politics from wealthy special interests, corporations and their high-paid lobbyists is one that has permeated the business community and has driven me and so many others to stand up and say “enough is enough.”

Everyday people can’t write massive campaign checks or hire high-priced lobbyists to tilt the playing field in our favor the way wealthy special interests and big corporations can. As a result, the policies our leaders put forward benefit my big-business competitors, not me.

Several business groups are arguing against this referendum because they want to preserve useless tax loopholes for corporations, mostly from away. Those loopholes don’t help me, and they don’t help Maine’s economy. But equal access to government does.

Question 1 is so important because it will make it so everyone — not just the wealthy — can have a voice in our democracy. Please vote yes on Question 1.

Dan Tremble

Bangor

Krohne for RSU 71 board

I am a candidate for the Regional School Unit 71 board in Belfast. I have extensive experience and expertise in local school governance, school finance and school law. I am a candidate with a commitment to seeking the proper and accountable balance between serving all students with quality educational opportunities and responsible representation of all local taxpayers. I have 30 years of experience as an executive director for state school boards organizations, a university professor of educational leadership and school finance, a trainer for the National School Board Association and an elementary school teacher.

The theme of my service will be “Building Better Schools … One Student at a Time.” This phrase captures my focus on improving our schools by treating each student as an individual learner, demanding transparency of all expenditures spent to support our schools and working toward developing a direct link between the schools of RSU 71 and economic development.

Every child must graduate from our schools career or college ready. Our schools must emphasize high standards and expectations and relevancy to real life skills utilizing technology. Our teachers and administrators must be treated with respect as professionals serving in the most noble of all professions. Taxpayers and students have a right to expect such in a school system. School board members have the responsibility to never forget it. I will not forget.

I would appreciate the support of Belfast voters.

Paul Krohne

Belfast

Gov. ‘Mal’

Almost every day I hear and read about our maladroit, malevolent, malefic, malicious, malisonic and malefactoring governor in the news media.

I’m embarrassed that he’s our governor of our wonderful state.

John Langerak

Chester

Preserve clean elections

The Maine Clean Elections Act is nearly 20 years old. The history of the last several decades reveals that no single attempt to keep big money from controlling elections can stand the test of time. Corporate institutions that want to be free from their fair share of taxes and unencumbered by environmental regulations will constantly seek ways to undermine or circumvent such laws. This is why they must be periodically updated and strengthened.

Mainers will have a chance to do just that by voting yes on Question 1 on Election Day. This measure will strengthen the original law by shedding more light on the flow of special interest money, creating stricter fines and penalties for violations, and clarifying spending and contribution limits. It also will provide additional funding for public support by eliminating some unhelpful corporate tax exemptions.

So, if you don’t like elite attempts to control elections, vote yes on Question 1.

Larry Litchfield

Belfast


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