Frank L Boucher, Republican
Office Sought: Representative - District 21
Occupation: apple grower/store owner
Graduated from Massabesic High School class of 1984.
Married to wife Shirley for nineteen years.
We have twin seventeen year old daughters.
Why are you running for office? I am running for office to help limit the size and growth of government. I feel nothing hurts small businesses like mine more than taxes and obstructive regulations. I would love to have my children to be able to stay and work or run a business in our great state of Maine. In rural Maine such as this district I believe most individuals would just like to go to work, build a home, and raise a family and enjoy life without worrying if they will be able to afford it as they age.
I have never been a politician, just a hard working, common sense farmer and business owner my whole life.
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 should be for the most vulnerable of Maine's citizens. We cannot continue expanding Medicaid whether paid for by the state or by the federal government, it is still coming from the taxpayers of this country. The federal government does not have the best record on funding their programs ie: social security, Medicare. I worry that down the road the federal government will shift the burden completely onto the states, and leave us with a huge bill.
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?We need to make welfare a hand up not a hand out approach. We need to set time limits on entitlements and help people on their way up by not making some of these programs an all or nothing . We should encourage people to work and still help them over a period of time as they gain better employment and or job skills.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.As a small business owner I have a problem with the Government telling me what I have to pay an employee. Being an employer if I do not pay my employees enough they will seek employment else where so I need to pay a fair wage to keep them . If I cannot keep employees, I will soon be out of business. That's how free markets should work.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?None