2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
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Herbert C Adams, Democrat

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Office Sought: Representative - District 40

Age: 60

Occupation: Adjunct Professor, History & Government, SMCC

Education:

University of Southern Maine, 1974-1979, History; Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2010, Executive Education

Family:

Single ; no children

Hometown: Portland

Why are you running for office? Affordable Education -- Maine college grads have one of New England's highest debt loads -- ca. $26,000 . Expand the "Opportunity Maine " program ( I was honored to be its sponsor )scholarship / tax credit program to help keep Maine's best and brightest grads here at home. Restore the "Parents As Scholars " program to help single parents move from welfare to a college degree. Affordable Housing -- Maine has some of the oldest housing stock in the US. Fund and restore programs for home insulation, renovation, and alternative energy sources like solar and ceramic storage. Pass an Affordable Housing Bond of about $50 Million distributed by Maine State Housing. As a legislator before, I was sponsor of such a bond that failed Appropriations by 1 vote. The time is right again, and overdue. Affordable Health Care -- Accept the Federal Affordable Care Act money ( 100 % of Maine's cost for 3 years, 90% thereafter ) to expand MaineCare ( see below. ) Use some of Maine's share of the Tobacco Settlement Funds thereafter to help meet the needs of the est. 70,000 neediest eligible Mainers ( over 3,000 of them Vets ) for this basic right, and help keep down the cost of paying for the uninsured now paid by all of us. Land for Maine's Future -- Pass a new bond to refund this popular program to save the best of Maine for the rest of Maine -- our best and finest natural lands and waters -- for future generations.

Poltical Experience:

Maine State Representative 2002-2010; Portland School Committee 1997-2004; Portland Parks Commissioner 1997-2004

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

Basic health care is a basic human right. Over 70,000 eligible Mainers deserve that right under MaineCare, , some 3,000 of them Vets who have served our country. Given that the Feds will cover 100% of MaineCare expansion for several years, and 90% after that, expanding life-saving health care for out most vulnerable Mainers makes common sense. Flowing from MaineCare expansion will be reduced hospital costs for treating the uninsured (otherwise paid for by all of us ) and new jobs in the economy. It is common sense, good dollars and cents, and it is the morally right thing to do.

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 best welfare program is still a good Maine job. Meanwhile temporary programs can keep a family fed, and warm, and hold out hope. As a legislator before, I always worked to keep such programs focused, efficient, and humane and helpful to families transitioning from need to success. Retain job promotion and re-training programs in our changing Maine economy. Restore the "Parents As Scholars " program to help single parents continue their education. Promote "Opportunity Maine " scholarship program to help pay for Maine undergrad degrees.. Maine can be a hard work state , but education is the way up and out of poverty. Meanwhile help those truly in need , and hold out hope.

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

By how much?Even at $7.50 an hour, Maine's minimum wage is the next-to-lowest in New England (New Hampshire is lowest, at $7.25) and with both parents working at minimum wage a Maine family of four is still at Federal poverty level. I support (and have so voted in the past) to tie increases in Maine's minimum wage to such indexes as inflation, or the Consumer Price Index, or the Cost of Living Index -- true indexes of need in current times. In 40 years (1974-2014) Maine has increased its minimum wage 22 times, barely ahead of inflation,but as the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center study (2013) has shown, sustained commercial flow, did better at retaining jobs during the Recession, and regaining them after . It is International competition, corporate takeovers, and departure from Maine's tradition economy -- woods products, papermaking, shoe manufacturing, and sea resources -- that has shaken Maine's economy, not increased minimum wage.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other

Please explain your position on legalization?I support Medical Marijuana, as passed by the Maine public in several state referendums. Before moving to a larger expansion, Maine should look and learn from the experiences of states like Colorado and Washington, venues where the focus on use is different. There is a vast difference between Medical and recreational use. Lots to learn here about taxes, enforcement, priorities, intentions, revenues, and results.