R. Frederick Ehrlenbach, Republican
Office Sought: Representative - District 132
Ellsworth High School, Class of 1966, Diploma;
University of Maine, 1971, Assoc of Science, Engineering Technology
I have been married for 44 yrs, have a daughter, 40 yrs old and a son 38 yrs old and 4 grandchildren ages of 12, 8, 6 and 1.
Why are you running for office? I am seeking the office to effect change in the entitlement programs, restructure the education funding formula and change the balance of revenue between income tax, sales tax and property tax.
I haved served on the Trenton School Committee for three years and am currently serving a second 3 yr term as selectman in the Town of Trenton.
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 health care law wil only pay for three (3) yrs. Then what happens? The taxpayer of this State can not afford to take on the additional burden. We are the federal government so either we increase the taxes or print more money to cover the additional expense thus increasing the national debt.
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 ranks 6th in the nation in percent of households receiving food stamps (16.2%), 2nd in the nation in percent of households receiving cash public asistance (5.2%), 3rd in the nation in percent of population enrolled in Medicaid (27%). We need to change the system to allow individuals to work their way off of these programs by restructuring the programs so that as an individuals income increases their benefits decrease rather than be eliminated all together.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.We have to take into consideraton what effect any increase wil have on the economy. If we raise the minimum wage, are we forcing companies to raise wages across the board? If the wages are raised by 25% as proposed, the labor expense for companies will go up 25%. Their workman compensation will go ukp 25%, their share of social security and medicare taxes will go up 25%. Wil this cause inflation to increase ? At what rate? We seem to raise the minimum wage every 7- 10 yrs and the economy adjusts with inflation to offset the increase. We need to create an economy where there is a shortage of labor and let the market decide what a minimum wage is.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I am not in favor of having laws that are contrary to federal statute. Example: theft of medical marijuana, recovered by law enforcement. Do they return the marijuana to the owner and violate federal laws? If we are going to legalize marijuana, it should be at the federal level.