Bob Nutting, Republicanhttp://www.nuttingforhouse.comFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 77
Graduated form Skowhegan High School in 1965
Graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1970 with a B.S. in Pharmacy
Married 46 years to Wendy Nutting, father of three grown children and grandfather to five.
Why are you running for office? I am running for re-election because I have enjoyed serving the citizens of Oakland and Sidney. I have experience in local government and in state government and believe that I can use that experience to help the residents in Central Maine when they deal with government issues. Helping my neighbors deal with the bureaucracy in Augusta is what I enjoy the most and I have the background to do so effectively. There is a lot more to do to bring government spending under control so that people can find jobs in Maine and afford to live here and raise their families. I am running to give my family and my neighbors' families the chance to grow and prosper in this beautiful state.
Oakland Town Council from 1977 to 1988
State Representative from 1999 to 2006 and from 2009 to the present
Maine's 100th Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2012
The federal health care law has offered to pay states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to low income Mainers. Do you support Medicaid (or MaineCare) expansion?No
The expansion of the failed Obamacare program to 70,000 able-bodied people living in Maine will cost millions to administer even if the federal government keeps its promises for funding. Once that funding ends, if not before, the proposed expansion will devour the rest of state spending. The millions that Maine will need to administer the expansion will come from funds that should be helping the elderly and those who are truly needy.
Reform of the state’s public assistance programs has been the focus of debates in the State House and on the campaign trail. Do you believe that the state’s welfare programs are too generous?Yes
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Maine is too generous to able-bodied residents and illegal aliens. This money should be used for the elderly and the truly needy.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Continuing to raise the minimum wage above the federal minimum (now $7.25) will keep businesses from expanding into Maine. Raising the minimum will cause a loss of opportunities for our young entry-level workers and negatively impact our small businesses. Furthermore, it won't help the low-wage earners that you might think it would help. If we raise the minimum wage, workers will find that their new wages will not go any further than their old wages did because businesses will have to raise prices to cover their employees new wages.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?The last thing that we need is for another mind-altering chemical to be approved for use by Maine State Government.