Jim Boyle, Democrathttp://www.boyleforsenate.orgFacebook
Office Sought: Senator - District 30
Occupation: Environmental Consultant
Simsbury High School. Simsbury , CT. 1976.
University of Maine-Orono. B.S. Forest Management. 1981.
I live in Gorham with my partner, Sue Durst and our three dogs. My two grown children, Jared and Lindsay, are living and working in Maine.
Why are you running for office? Like the people I've been talking to across my district, the partisan fighting that obstructs problem solving troubles me. As the owner of an environmental consulting firm, I've helped opposing parties come to agreement despite different starting points, and I’ve worked to do the same in Augusta. The early part of my career was spent in the north Maine woods as a field forester for Great Northern Paper and Champion International. In 1996, I left Central Maine Power Company and started Boyle Associates, an environmental consulting firm based in Gorham that employs six people and works with leading companies to protect Maine's natural resources while fostering economic growth. Boyle Associates’ success comes from working hard to solve problems for clients. I try to bring the same levelheaded approach to Augusta that I brings to work every day.
My first and only elective office is Senator for Maine Senate District 6, serving Gorham, part of Scarborough and part of Westbrook. I was elected in November 2012.
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 supported Medicaid expansion each time it came up for a vote in the 126th Legislature, because it would provide life-saving health care for 70,000 Mainers, including nearly 3,000 veterans. No one should be left penniless by mounting medical bills when they are sick. Every Maine family deserves a family doctor. By saying yes to life-saving health care, we can create thousands of jobs at time when Maine’s economy lags behind the nation. Our economy will also see a $1 million per day boost in economic activity. It’s the right moral decision and the right economic decision.
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?I don't think the question should be about generosity, but about fighting abuse and fraud. I would create a position of Inspector General dedicated to identifying people abusing welfare, and prosecuting them. I voted to ban the use of EBT cards for tobacco, liquor, gambling, lottery tickets and bail. No amount of fraud or abuse is acceptable, because too many people in Maine are struggling paying their own bills to have to also support anyone abusing the system. When it comes to addressing welfare in the long run, I think that the best anti-poverty program is a good job. As a small business owner for the past eighteen years, I know how to create jobs and economic opportunity. I will continue to fight for a strong and fair economy that will lift all boats.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The minimum wage has not kept up with inflation. There's no question that a family trying to live on the minimum wage struggles to make ends meet. I would raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour over the next three years.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?Marijuana should be regulated strictly like alcohol, and revenue should go to the general fund.