2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
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Brian L Hubbell, Democrat

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Office Sought: Representative - District 135

Age: 58

Occupation: project manager

Education:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1974-1983. Degree in Architecture.

Family:

Married with one seventeen-year-old daughter.

Hometown: Bar Harbor

Why are you running for office? With attractive communities, enviable quality of life, and long-standing commitment to to institutions like public education, Maine remains exceptionally fortunate. Maine people understand that in a lightly populated state with closely connected communities, civic involvement and citizen voice remain our great assets. We understand that our problems are nuanced, complex, and not well-represented by ideological division. I believe that the national narrative that we are fundamentally divided by politics here is simply not accurate. We understand that Maine’s future must be built outward from our shared ethic for decency, innovation, entrepreneurship and hard work. Maine must renew its commitment to the promise of all levels of education to sustain a workforce of competent, adaptable critical thinkers who can work collaboratively to solve increasingly challenging problems. Properly managed and funded, Maine’s community and technical schools, colleges and universities are capable of meeting our needs. Locally, established institutions such as the MDI Bio Lab and Jackson Lab are leading lights in globally significant research. We need to recognize and amplify these assets. We face real challenges: educating for a rapidly changing world, growing new careers, managing healthcare costs and navigating a more stable energy future. Working together with mutual respect, resourcefulness, intelligence and compassion, I believe we can meet those challenges

Poltical Experience:

Currently represent Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Cranberry Isles, and Mount Desert in the Maine House. Chair the Maine Legislature's commission on school funding. Served ten years on the Bar Harbor school board and chaired the Mount Desert Island Regional School System.

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?Yes

Maine should reduce uncompensated care to hospitals by accepting federal subsidies to expand healthcare coverage.

Where possible, we should be working to increase access to good, affordable, preventative healthcare for Maine people, not curtailing it. Rather than fighting the ACA, Maine should be working with the law along with its accompanying federal funds and tax credits toward insurance that better serves Maine families, hospitals, and small businesses.

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?No

What, if anything, would you change about welfare?With a declining population of young people, Maine needs both a short-term safety net and a long-term commitment to build new opportunities for self-reliance. Most Maine people are fundamentally self-reliant and want only a decent opportunity to earn a living. National recession and the harsh realities of global capital flow have caused many Mainers to lose work through no fault of their own. Maine does a reasonable job of providing an emergency social safety net to meet short-term hardship. Ultimately, the most cost-effective course for the state is to enact policies which expand opportunities for those in need to return to self-reliance. Towards this end, I believe that education and early healthcare offer the best return.

Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes

By how much?The current minimum wage does not cover essential living costs for families. A shrinking middle class harms Maine's economy.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other

Please explain your position on legalization?Maine needs to closely study and learn from what's happening in Colorado before enacting similar legislation here.