Jennie L Butler, DemocratFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 25
Occupation: Retired High School Mathematics Teacher
She is a 1978 graduate of Morse High School in Bath, holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Maine, 1983, and a MS in Educational Leadership from USM, 1992.
Jennie Butler is has been married to Brian Butler for nearly 31 years. They have two adult children – Nathaniel, 25, and Matthew, 22.
Why are you running for office? Although I recently retired from 27 years of teaching at Windham High School I am still committed to serving my community. This has been and continues to be very important to me. Since I have so much experience in public education, I can bring my experience and dedication to Augusta. I plan to be a voice for all Maine students from pre-K through college. Our students need a good and affordable education that prepares them to succeed in the future which is the key to a strong economy and a strong community. Windham continues to be one of the communities in Maine that is growing at a fast pace. I will be there to make sure that the issues of our community are addressed. I will work with our other elected officials to bring people together and focus on results for our community. Windham deserves its fair share of attention in State funding for infrastructure, schools, and social programs. I want Maine to better support Maine’s middle class and small businesses. We need to provide incentives to locally owned small businesses to help them create jobs in our communities. We need to provide relief for the middle class and our towns by being fiscally responsible and making sure every dollar is spent for a good reason, not just because we have always done it a certain way. It also means that State lives up to its financial commitments to the towns, as promised, rather than passing it off to local property tax payers.
My only previous experience is as a volunteer on some local races. Other than that, this is my first time in politics.
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
I think Medicaid should be expanded. Accepting federal Medicaid dollars will help not only the uninsured but also provide Maine with many health care related jobs especially in less populated locations. Our local hospitals deserve to have their costs reduced by having more Mainers insured. Moving forward with this will save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars over the next ten years.
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?Other
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?We need to be fiscally responsible. All expenditures must be assessed for true need and not just based on past practices. It is unacceptable to tolerate any fraud in any state aid program. The best way to help the people of Maine is to focus on creating jobs. We need to support those who are getting back on their feet and those who are disabled.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?There are too many Maine workers who depend on minimum wage jobs and cannot support themselves. It should be gradually raised over the next two to three years to be at least $10.10. This would be the same amount that the federal government is requiring for federal construction and service contracts.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?I do not think it should be legalized at this time. There needs to be more research from other cities/states to see what is/isn't working before any decision is made.