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COMPASSIONATE FISCAL CONSERVATISM WOULD DEFINE MY ADMINISTRATION

There are approximately 1,330,089 Maine citizens. Sixty percent are food insecure and qualify for some sort of federal  food assistance including food stamps, free school meals, commodity supplemental food, or the emergency food assistance programs. www.feedingamerica.org.

Most of us are struggling with high health costs.  Many are just doing without.

Whether progressive or conservative, all of us have basic needs for food, clean water and air, healthcare, and safety.  We also want a good education our children, a sense of belonging to a community with common values, and the opportunity for a good job where each individual is appreciated and treated with fairness.

  • Solving the food and health care crisis will be among my first goal upon taking office.
  • Additionally I hope to elevate Maine from its 33rd ranking in business climate by working with task forces of legislators and business leaders in the community.
  • If elected my administration would start with a certified public audit and management review of the previous administration among the purposes for which would be to accomplish the following:
  • Is the 111 million dollar surplus professed by Governor LePage real, cash, or accrued.
  • What are the short and long-term liabilities including any legal actions pending law sutits against the state. 
    • Specifically how much is owed to the federal government for the loss of accreditation at Riverview (reported to be 51 millon) and federal funds ($13 million) mismanaged in the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program
  • Inappropriate use of state and federal funding for the private use of members of the LePage administration
  • Any all other pertinent information to form a baseline budgetary projection of income and expense for the upcoming fiscal year.

Once we can determine where we are fiscally,  I would work to eliminate the animosity and angst between the office and members of the legislature.

  • If elected, I would get as much input as possible as to what issues the electorate and legislature feel are most pressing.
  • Next I would select advisory teams to the Blaine House from both the Republican and Democratic parties to work with me to recommend solutions on job creation, health care, environment, taxes, and budgets to the respective state legislative committees.

Among the many problems and solutions I would bring to the table would be the following:

INCOME GROWTH

  1. Restore accreditation and 51 million dollars in federal funding lost due to the tazing, pepper spraying, handcuffing, and jailing of DHHS clients among other serious deficiencies at the Riverview state mental hospital and fire or prosecute those responsible.

  2. Sue the Anderson Group to recoup the a half a million dollars they were caught plagiarizing and failing to complete the welfare study it was hired by the DHHS to perform

  3. Broaden the income tax base by creation of new jobs and small businesses4. No increase in income taxes. 

  4. Accept federal Medicaid Expansion Funding

  5. Invest in public education, to include pre-school through post high school community college skilled trade training.

  6. Trade apprenticeships and IT training to fill existing skilled jobs currently going unfilled or outsourced.

  7. Maintain existing income estate tax levels

  8.  Maintain existing state revenue sharing to towns/cities

  9. Maintain state property tax exemptions

  10. Stop the practice of the rich divesting themselves of  property and assets and giving them to their children to  avoid paying estate tax on assets in excess of 2 million dollars by charging the transfer of such assets at the same rate as the state inheritance tax

  11. Review all state contracts to insure the best prices and quality of service purchased by the state.

  12. Provide jobs instead of welfare to skilled and unskilled immigrants and asylum seekers to fill the gap of youth shortages to fill jobs left by aging working force.

  13. Reduce the state Medicaid cost for emergency room, hospital, and nursing home care by investing ins smalll, non-profit primary care clinics.  See 

CUTS IN STATE SPENDING

ELIMINATION OF THE GOVERNORS'

PENSIONS

When so many work twenty years or more to get a pension, I would have great difficulty asking the taxpayers to pay the pensions of governors, past and present, who worked eight years of less. Therefore I would ask the legislator to repeal the governor’spension.

CUT DHHS ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET

I would cut, at minimum, half the number of the seventeen welfare fraud positions because I believe their pay and benefits exceed the amount of money the have recouped from welfare cheats among the poor.  The food stamp program I federal money thus the state is losing nothing in taxpayers' dollars on a handful of welfare cheats among the poor.  Demanding restitution from them IS a waste of taxpayers dollars not only because it is like trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip but adds state tax dollars in administration proprietorial expense to try to collect it. 

I believe in the integrity of most Maine people and stand ready and willing to help the able-bodied jobless mill workers, especially those in the 2nd District and Vets suffering PTSD.  Denying diagnosed as "able bodied" by welfare staff workers is not my idea of best practices for denying someone food stamps, fuel, or housing assistance.

Further my discussions with town clerks and welfare heads suggest that 99 percent of Mainers legitimately qualify and are not welfare cheaters as Governor LePage and gubernatorial candidates would lead people to believe.

CUT COSTS FOR WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONAL FOOD WHILE INCREASING FOOD SECURITY FOR ALL BY STATE PURCHASES FROM SMALL FARMS AND PROMOTING SMALL FARM OR BACK YARD GARDENING.

To reduce the cost of food, I would propose to help small farms flourish through bulk purchase of food from them for distribution throughout state institutions, meals on wheels, and other programs while encouraging private institutions to do the same.

I would also encourage voluntary jail and prison farming.

In addition I would ask the legislature to  fund extension programs or non-profits to hire personnel to grow and preserve a variety of crops both on a large scale or in home gardens to improve health and reduce dependencies of out of country and out of state, processed produce.

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CUT EXPENDITURE FOR PHARMACEUTICALS FOR THE POOR

My solution to cut in half the current DHHS welfare investigation department staff would allow the redirection of funds for the bulk purchase and cost reduction of life saving drugs distribution to the elderly and needy.

Rather than making it harder to get food, housing, and badly need drugs, I would direct DHHS to work with local welfare offices to determine who in the community needs help and get it to them as quickly and expeditiously as possible.

CUT THE COST OF INCARCERATION AND RECIDIVISM

All of us cherish our freedom and taking it a way would constitute severe punishment.

Using jails and twenty-four-hour room and board as a replacement of less expensive community based services for the mentally ill, drug addicts, and first-time offenders who pose no threat to society makes no fiscal sense to me.

Rather than pay years of room, board, and administration of overcrowded jails, I would appoint a panel to review case by case those prisoners who have mental illness, first offenders who pose no threat to society be released to house arrest with ankle monitoring bracelets, and jobs subsidized by the state.

The rest I would propose life skills training, vocational counseling and post-term job placement in an effort to reduce the costly rate of recidivism.  

 


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