James M Hamper, Republican
Office Sought: Senator - District 19
Associate degree, UMA 2001
Married, 38 years
2 adult children
Why are you running for office? Service to my community and to my State.
State Representative 2004 - 2012; State Senate 2012 - 2014
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
In the twelve years since Maine's previous expansion, the Medicaid budget has doubled to over 25% of the state budget. Also in those twelve years the State ended up in debt to the hospitals for $748 million. I learn from experience.
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?I will work to pass the reform bills that failed in the 126th Legislature.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Minimum wage is a starting wage.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Continue the medical marijuana program but not legalize the recreational usage.