2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
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Patrick W Corey, Republican

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Office Sought: Representative - District 25

Age: 40

Occupation: Self-employed Marketing Professional

Education:

University of Southern Maine, BFA, 1997

Family:

Wife, Sheila (Boyden) Corey

Hometown: Windham

Why are you running for office? In 2012 my wife Sheila and I led an effort to defeat a $67.8 million measure to sewer North Windham’s business district. Sixty two percent of the costs would have been subsidized by Windham’s residential taxpayers who derived no direct benefit. We attended council meetings, did research, spoke out, organized fellow citizens, and put together a winning effort on a shoestring budget. There was no way we were going to let crony capitalism win. The takeaway from this, a couple of previous smaller grassroots efforts, and by serving a number of not-for-profit community organizations I discovered I’m extremely motivated by working with and on the behalf of Windham’s residents…my neighbors and friends. People are willing to take a stand when honestly informed and provided with guidance and support. I am a problem solver with experience in the public and private sectors. In both arenas I’ve been tested and have worked with others to find and implement solutions. Today I’m a self-employed marketing professional. I understand the day-to-day challenges of doing business and making a buck in Maine. We need better paying jobs for Mainers to take care of themselves and families. That’s my motivation for running. I’ll work with anyone willing to pull up a chair. Party enrollment doesn’t matter. The issues we face can be solved if we push aside special interests and look for common, attainable ground and get to work.

Poltical Experience:

Have not served in elective office. Successfully led effort to defeat a ballot question to sewer North Windham in 2012. Pro-bono volunteer work with a number of Windham non-profits. Recently appointed to the Windham Comprehensive Plan Review Team.

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

Medicaid expansion will crowd out other spending priorities—education, infrastructure, protection of our natural resources, etc.—as it eats up an even bigger chunk of the State’s budget despite money from the federal government. Expanding Medicaid will leave two choices; raise taxes on Maine’s already burdened taxpayers or choose Medicaid over other spending priorities. Either one of these options will not put Maine on the path to economic growth. Many low income Mainers can find low cost, subsidized coverage on the Maine health insurance exchange/marketplace. Options exist for many low-income Mainers.

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?Other

What, if anything, would you change about welfare?I don’t know many that disagree that the neediest among us are entitled to welfare benefits. Moreover, few would even say that these benefits are “too generous” for those truly in need. I’d be more inclined to say our programs are “too generous” for able-bodied Mainers who are able to work or not making a serious go at improving their situation. Waste, fraud, and abuse is bad for Maine’e welfare program. It erodes public perception and causes taxpayers to question the costs, efficiency, and effectiveness of our program. Benefits should not be used on tobacco, lottery tickets, liquor, or bail. Further, finding a job should be the top priority for every able-bodied Mainer receiving benefits. Greater focus should be put on putting people to work at well paying jobs. This involves making our public universities and community colleges more affordable for both traditional and non-traditional students, making life off welfare more palatable for those able to work, and devoting a larger percentage of our resources to economic development purposes.

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

Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I’m not for a one-size-fits-all approach. The earnings of large profitable companies that pay minimum wage are subsidized by hard working American taxpayers through the earned income tax credit. Two thirds of minimum wage workers—food service, accommodation, and retail trade—are employed by these companies. Raising the minimum wage at companies with greater than 500 workers inside or outside of Maine makes some sense. On the other hand I believe that while small business owners may be able to endure a small increase in the minimum wage, there is a chance that we will see a decrease in the number of employed minimum wage workers or cutbacks in their hours. Raising the minimum wage needs to be balanced with increased costs to business owners, higher prices for consumer goods and services, and higher unemployment.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?Not today. We should wait and see. Colorado and Washington did us a huge favor by going first. Alaska, District of Columbia, and Oregon voters may approve “legal-pot” on the ballot this fall. If this happens we will have five states, all with different approaches, successes and failures to look at. From there our decisions will be much more informed.