Catherine M Nadeau, DemocratFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 78
Occupation: State Representative
Winslow High School Class of 1976
Kennebec Valley Community College - Pre Reqs
Maine Medical School of Surgical Technology - Degree 1996
University of New England - Pre Reqs
Married to Robert J Nadeau for 32 years
1 Son James R Nadeau (30 years old)
1 daughter Victoria J. Nadeau (24 years old)
Why are you running for office? To be a Voice for the citizens of Winslow and Benton in Augusta. To also be an advocate for our elderly especially in our community to enable them to stay in their homes longer and safely. To be a voice for our veterans in our area and the State of Maine whereas I have veterans in my family (my father Duke Caron , Marine Corps, and my Son James Nadeau, Coast Guard. To make sure our children can grow up healthy, well educated and be able to earn a decent living and live in our beautiful state their entire life if they so chose.
10 years on Winslow Zoning Board of Appeals; 12 years on Winslow Town Council; 2 years State Representative
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
The people that would be covered by this expansion are in most need for this in the state. Many go without coverage and only seek help when they are very sick and sometime to late only to end up in the hospital that end up with large unpaid bills. Early detection and treatment will save thousands of lives and thousands of dollars. Please remember that there are thousands of veterans among the many that have no coverage.
Maine is also losing out on hundreds of million of dollars by choosing not to participate in this program
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?I would upgrade the antiquated computer systems to begin with so DHHS can track inconsistencies in the program of food credit cards (EBT). If someone does not conform to the rules of purchases then the amount spent on the purchase should be subtracted from the next months amount allotted on their card. Every able bodied adult should be required to look for employment, participate in a training program or do volunteer work to quality for a card (except in in extenuating circumstances). Also if a person gets a job but cannot acquire full time employment but is making part time wages, then and only then can the state compensate a credit card (EBT) to help along with their wages. To use this card as a supplement to me is a better incentive to work.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?In a perfect scenario it could go to $10.10 immediately. I believe if that is not achievable than I suggest doing this in incremental stages over a few years.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Frequent use of Marijuana, in too many cases, leads to use of other more addictive and harmful drugs.