David Bustin, Democrathttp://www.davidbustinforstatesenate.comFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Senator - District 14
Colby College, 1961, B.A.
University of Maine graduate work 1966-70
Single; three children ages 54, 52 and 30. Five grandchildren.
Why are you running for office? I hope to be a voice for working people and senior citizens under financial pressure from rising prices and stagnant incomes, for our children who deserve a quality education and for local elected officials who struggle to govern with limited resources.
Maine House of Representatives 1970-78; Mayor of Hallowell 1996-2002; Hallowell City Council 2009-10
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
In Kennebec County alone expansion would provide 6,000 more people with health care, inject $32 million annually into our local economy and produce367 new jobs. It would also reduce unnecessary visits to emergency room visits as folks go to their own doctors for minor problems instead.
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?Not too generous for those who really need the help but we must make sure there is no fraud in the system. We could do more in the area of home health care so seniors could stay in their own homes instead of being sent to expensive nursing homes.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Increasing the minimum wage would help low income workers make ends meet as well as pump additional dollars into local businesses. Raising the wage to $10/hr over a three year period would be a good increase.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?We should examine the experiences of Colorado and Washington State before getting into statewide legalization.