Erin D Herbig, DemocratFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 97
Occupation: State Representative and House Chairwoman of the Labor, Commerce Research, and Economic Development Committee
Belfast Area High School Graduate 1999
Boston College Graduate, Bachelor of Arts and Science 2003
My family reaches back five generations in Waldo County.
Why are you running for office? As someone who grew up in Waldo County, I have seen far too many of our young people and families leave for better opportunities elsewhere. I want to make sure we create jobs so our young people can stay here and enjoy the quality of life that all Mainers deserve.
I have served two terms (2010-2014) in the Maine House representing Belfast, Belmont and Northport. I have served one term (2012-2014) as the House Chairwoman of the Labor, Commerce Research, and Economic Development Committee.
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
All Mainers deserve access to quality healthcare. Medicaid expansion would increase the access to 70,000 Mainers, including many veterans. Expanded coverage also promotes the use of preventative care rather than people using the emergency room as their primary care physician. Hospitals and Mainers have covered the costs of this charity care for years. Obtaining coverage for the uninsured will ultimately be a cost savings to all of us. Finally, Medicaid expansion would create thousands of jobs.
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?The people of Maine have always taken care of their neighbors that are truly in need or are going through a difficult period. What we have to do, however, is stop paying for those people that are capable of working but are receiving welfare because they know how to work the system. Cut the fraud, not the services. These programs should be constantly reviewed to make sure they are working to transition people out of poverty and into employment.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I support raising the minimum wage to a sensible level connected to increases in the cost of living.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?If passed via referendum, I would support it. I firmly believe Mainers should decide this issue, not the legislature. If it is legalized, we should look to the successes and failures of other states that have done so, like Washington State and Colorado, for guidance when crafting safety, regulation and taxation practices.