Positions on 10 critical issues facing Maine:
Sustainable Communities, Education, Prosperity:
a compilation of concerns expressed by District 35 consituents
- Thriving locally owned and operated businesses in self-determined communities
- Effective and appropriate public education for all from early childhood through affordable colleges and trade schools
- Schools that reflect the needs and opportunities within their communities
- Equitable funding for all communities and school districts
- Local food production from farms and fisheries sustainably managed by local stakeholders
- Local manufacturing, community banks and credit unions
- Decent jobs with livable wages
- Commitment to access to quality health care as a fundamental human right
- Investment in public infrastructure in transportation, energy, and communication
- Building on the Maine Lobster Association’s success in bringing in their own scientists to bridge the mistrust between conservation advocates and fisheries stakeholders.
- Better state-wide support of fisheries marketing
- Affordable housing
- Support for those suffering hardship with strong measures to fight root causes of poverty and homelessness
- Women’s access to reproductive choice
- Extending to gay and lesbian couples the same legal and social rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
- Maintaining a strong, public Social Security program with rigorous regulation and protection of pension funds.
- Individual choice in managing the end of one’s life
- Transparency in government
- Free exchange of ideas and information without control or censorship
- Democratic accountability through campaign finance reform, publicly funded elections, non-partisan election commissions, and transparent elections in which every vote counts and no citizen is intimidated by restricted voter rights.
- Conflict resolution through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, reconciliation, and restitution
- Acknowledging a moral obligation to protect earth’s environment for the fruitful use of future generations.
- Confronting the causes of human-induced climate change. Reducing reliance on fossil fuels. Suppor the development and use of renewable energy. Reduce energy use through conservation, efficiency, and building standards. Decrease transportation costs by supporting local producers.
- Supporting planned local control of development
- Conservation of land, water, forest, wetland, airspace, agricultural and marine resources, biodiversity, vital habitats, and fisheries.
- Tax structure that supports local businesses and doesn’t subsidize corporations which seek to outsource jobs and businesses or exploit workers’ rights and the environment.
- The arts
- Humane treatment of prisoners