Joan W Welsh, Democrathttp://www.maine.gov/legis/housedems/jwelsh
Office Sought: Representative - District 94
Pomona College, 1958-60;
University of Colorado, 1960-62, BA English;
University of Colorado, Denver, graduate school;
Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration, Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, May 1997.
I am divorced and have three children in their 40's and early 50s. I have six grandchildren.
Why are you running for office? When I retired in 2008 I wanted to continue to use my skills and interests in a way that would benefit my community. With an open seat available I decided serving my community in the legislature would be a worthy effort. Now having served for 6 years, I have become a knowledgeable and effective legislator. I chair the Environment and Natural Resources committee, meet with leadership before each legislative session and am better than ever able to advocate for our community's interests.
Six years in the House of Representatives, representing Camden and Rockport.
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
This expansion helps more than 60,000 people stay healthier which means they are more able to work and not be as reliant on welfare, as well as putting more dollars into our economy.
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?We have been through a difficult recession which has caused more people to need help. That said, we still need to pursue fraud and make sure that it's the people who truly need these benefits who are receiving them.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Raising the minimum wage will not only help our people, especially single families who are primarily women, but will put more money into our economy.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Although I have supported legalization in the past, I have since learned that marijuana is much more harmful to children/teenagers than alcohol, and legalizing it would only make it more available to them than it already is. I support medical marijuana.