2nd Amendment

Like Mainers, I own a gun for protection.  The U.S Constitution is clear, the right to bear arms shall not be infringed. The Maine State Constitution is also clear, the right to bear arms shall never be questioned.   There are coordinated and aggressive attacks from the left and I will stand strong to oppose ANY effort that threatens our individual right to own a gun.

Border Wall

Build it.

Citizen’s Initiative Reform

Over the last four years, out-of-state liberal interest groups with deep pockets have hijacked the Maine legislative process by using the ballot box to adopt sweeping policy and state budget changes. Well-funded out-of-state liberal organizations can easily hire paid signature collectors to get the necessary signatures, most of the signatures come from Southern Maine. Those same liberal groups spend millions on tv campaign ads to scam Maine voters. The way the questions are written is misleading too. The recent 3 percent tax increase, the minimum wage increase, and the Medicaid expansion to able-bodied adults – all read like Motherhood and apple pie. We have got to raise the bar to restore the integrity to this process and to reinforce the role of the Legislative branch of government.

I would make the following change: I would require any group that would like to access the ballot to collect a minimum of 500 signatures in each Senate district. This requirement will force signature collectors to contact voters across Maine and result in a greater geographic representation of Maine voters. Let’s see how Mayor Bloomberg does when his group goes to collect signatures for gun control in Dover-Foxcroft, or when the Humane Society of the United States has to ask folks in Ashland if they want to ban bear baiting. In some cases, only 20% of registered voters turn out in support of these initiatives, so we should also subject these initiatives to gubernatorial approval just like any other measure passed by the duly-elected members of the Legislature.

Energy Costs

For our economy to succeed, for businesses to thrive, and for families to flourish, we must reduce the cost of energy in Maine. Under Governors King and Baldacci, Maine state government has gotten into the business of choosing winners and losers. I believe that we need an energy policy based on the lowest cost energy source, period. I’m tired of asking low-income ratepayers to subsidize alternative energy programs through surcharges on their monthly electric bill. Maine needs an energy plan that supports access to low-cost energy options and eliminates unnecessary barriers to those energy supplies.

Immigration

Our immigration laws need to be enforced. It’s not right when illegal aliens in Portland and other Maine cities and towns are getting tax-payer funded welfare when an 85-year-old frail grandmother who has lived in Maine all her life can’t get help in her home. I’ve got experience on this issue. When we determined that Portland was using welfare to pay for illegal aliens, I stopped sending their check. Portland took me to court and we won. I also recommended to the Governor that Maine withdraw from Obama’s federal refugee resettlement program. Maine had absolutely no say over refugee resettlement and I didn’t want the LePage Administration to be complicit in administering the program for the federal government. We cannot turn a blind eye to illegal immigration. We have borders for a reason. And it is simply false to suggest that the vast majority of people here on expired visas are eligible for asylum. We know that a majority of asylum applications are done on a defensive basis – submitted when the person is about to be deported. And most importantly immigration to the United States should ultimately be focused on driving citizenship and all that being an American citizen represents.

Infrastructure Needs

To support our families and businesses and to grow our economy we must prioritize investments in our roads, bridges, and ports. For decades, Democrats doled out welfare cash rather than fixing potholes and building roads. For people to get to their jobs, for businesses to deliver their goods, for rural Maine to compete, Maine needs to have superior roads. To compete nationally and internationally, Maine needs to aggressively invest in our ports to leverage shipping opportunities.

Land Trusts/Non-profit Tax Exemption

I agree with Governor LePage that the business of allowing massive plots of land to be taken off the tax rolls is unsustainable.

Making Maine Business Friendly

First we need to demonstrate support for the businesses here in Maine. We have amazing manufacturing businesses, agricultural businesses, technology companies, that are successful in spite of the odds. These businesses are competing against companies in other states that do not have the tax or regulatory burdens placed on Maine businesses. As Governor I will aggressively work to eliminate the personal income tax, adopt right to work, and reduce burdensome regulations. I will eliminate useless regulations on businesses, not create more of them. When we actually walk the talk of a business-friendly state, we will be able to leverage the “Maine” brand and recruit other businesses to Maine. We also must support and encourage a workforce that is ready, willing, and able to by prioritizing work requirements across all government programs, allowing our youth to enjoy the benefits of a job at younger ages, and aligning our educational system at all levels to support current and future job demands.

Marijuana

We don’t need more drug use in Maine, period. In the midst of a drug epidemic, it is irrational to turn around and legalize another drug. I received the reports from emergency departments where a 3-year-old had just eaten the gummy bears laced with marijuana. The ballot initiative to legal marijuana was passed because Portland voters swung this referendum by the slimmest of margins. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. It is ridiculous to think you can regulate something that can be grown in your basement and in your backyard. This will lead to increased drug addictions, criminal activity, and more employers unable to hire someone who is drug-free. What will they want next? Legal Heroin?

Marine Resources

We have amazing industries here in Maine that revolve around our natural resources. Lobstering, elver harvesting, clamming, and all of the other important marine industries must be supported and recognized for their value to Maine’s economy. Blueberries, potatoes, and timber have been our agricultural lifeblood forever. We can’t allow the government to trample on these industries – they must be honored for their valuable place in our economy. We have to make sure we don’t sacrifice these critical industries, even in the name of so-called “environmental protection.”

Medicaid Expansion

Medicaid expansion is just plain wrong. It is outrageous to give 100,000 able-bodied adults free government-funded Medicaid when so many elderly and disabled are going without critical services. This will cost the state over $400 million over 4 years and will come at the direct expense of our most vulnerable elderly and disabled. I’ve been leading the fight to make sure elderly and disabled Mainers are prioritized over able-bodied adults who can work. I will continue this commitment as Governor. I led the charge to roll-back the out of control spending in Medicaid as a result of the last expansion and I will lead the charge to repeal Medicaid expansion again. Maine’s limited resources should go to the truly needy, roads, schools, public safety, and taxpayers – not to able-bodied adults for free medical welfare.

Net Neutrality

Another government power grab. As Commissioner, I changed the conversation in each program from ‘How can government do this better?’ to ‘Is this something that government should be doing?’ The internet is the future and connects Maine businesses to markets anywhere on the globe-the last thing we need is for government to get involved-we’ve already tried that with electricity and it’s a disaster.

Opioid Addiction (Treatment/Enforcement)

We are losing more than one life per day to drug addiction. We need to face this problem head-on with a three-tiered approach that includes a greater focus on educating our kids about drugs, an increased in the number of drug enforcement agents we have to lock up drug dealers that are bringing this poison into our state, and broader access to treatment for individuals that truly want to get better, with a focus on treatments that get people clean.

Protecting the Unborn

I want to talk to you directly and honestly about the issue of abortion. I’m a mother, I’ve held my newborn babies close, and I know nothing is more precious than life, and we have a duty to protect it. As Governor, I will not have any say who serves on the Supreme Court – but I do have the power protect the lives of the unborn right here in Maine.
So, here is where I stand:

I will support state legislation that protects the lives of the unborn.

• I will support parental consent.
• I will support laws that ban late-term abortions.
• I will support waiting periods
• I will oppose public funding of abortions

I am also proud to say I stopped the use of tax dollars for abortions by planned parenthood and other abortion providers.

School Choice

Every parent should have the right to decide how their own children should be educated. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution that will work for every student-kids have different needs and I’m a firm advocate for parents having all the choices, including public and private schools, in-classroom and virtual charter schools, and home schooling options. I’d also like to see more options for students inside of our current framework. Just as we need to provide our students with opportunities to pursue vocation education, we can offer those students that plan to pursue the college track a chance to earn college credits while they are still in high school through expanded access to advanced placement programs.

Trump Tax Cuts

This is simply the best policy initiative to come out of Washington D.C. since Ronald Reagan was President and businesses are responding immediately. Since this bill was passed, over 3 million workers have received bonuses from their employers and I don’t care what Nancy Pelosi says, $1,000/year is not crumbs for most Maine families. Tax cuts work. Hardworking Mainers should be able to spend their own money and businesses should be given the opportunity to reinvest and grow their businesses. We need to do the same thing here in Maine. It’s time to grow Maine’s economy not grow government.

Veterans

As Commissioner, we found that many of the folks that walked through the door looking for assistance were already eligible for benefits guaranteed to them through their service to our country. My team began screening for military service to make sure our veterans receive the benefits that they’ve earned when they return home from defending our freedom. I would also advocate for transparency and accountability in the delivery of healthcare services to support timely access to quality healthcare services. It is not right that a veteran should have to travel out of state and away from family for inpatient psychiatric services and other healthcare services that are readily available at home in Maine. As Governor, I’d also focus on transitioning veterans back into the workforce when their service is up as our soldiers are earning valuable skills and should be allowed to apply those skills immediately without jumping through regulatory hoops to perform a trade or specialty that they’ve already learned in the service.

Vocational Education

The role of and support for our vocational schools must be be urgently prioritized. Maine needs plumbers, electricians, machinists, welders, HVAC technicians, certified nursing assistants, automotive mechanics. We are at a crisis in our state with employers desperate for employees. These are critical jobs for our state and the demand for these skills cannot be met. We should consider renaming these schools to full-employment education. At a time when student debt is out of control, we should be encouraging employment after high school in order to save toward college education. The personal responsibility that comes through employment might also support greater completion outcomes with 4 year degree programs. High schools and middle schools should be supporting these career pathways for any student. In some cases that may mean returning the programming and classes physically back into the high school. I recently toured Bucksport High School, where the wood and metal shops are located inside the high school and the students were thriving, even earning recognition at national competitions for robotics. We need to bring the foundational life skills of home economics and shop back into schools to better prepare our kids to be successful, independent for independent adults.

Work Force

Maine has a proud history of a strong work ethic. When we were growing up as kids in Pittsfield, everyone had a job in the summer starting early – I was babysitting from the time I was 12. Kids across the state used to pile on the bus to go rake blueberries in the summer. But for more than 30 years, liberals have been undermining that work ethic through welfare policies that paid people not to work; that discouraged work. I have spoken with so many Mainers who are working hard every day and they are frustrated and angry because they know someone who is capable of work but who is sitting at home, collecting a welfare check. And now, because this had been going on for so long, we have generations who have been raised without seeing a parent getting up in the morning and going to work. We can’t let the left keep looking down on hard work, vocational jobs, and service industries. We need to continue to take pride in a being a state knows how to get tough and get the job done, whatever it is.

Promoting work matters on two fronts: first the dignity of work contributes to strong, independent individuals who will support strong stable families connected to their communities; second: Maine must have a workforce that is ready, willing, and able to work. 

  • We need to protect and expand work requirements across all welfare and disability programs
  • We need expand drug testing across all welfare programs
  • We need to tie school payments to programs that are aligned with current job needs and identified future job markets.
  • We need to incentivize and prioritize our vocational education programs beginning in our middle schools
  • We need to support our youth having access to meaningful work opportunities at younger ages
  • We need to strengthen the commitment to apprenticeship programs