Joe E Brooks, UnenrolledTwitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 98
Occupation: Retired Journalist
Graduate of John Bapst High School in 1960 in Bangor and various writing courses at local college.
Married to the former Mary MacDonald of Bangor; three children and four grandchildren.
Why are you running for office? This will be my fifth term, my second term on Tax Committee. I would like to complete work we started on significan tax reform. I am also representing new District 98, where needed harbor work needs to be considered top priority for the fishing industry along the Midcoast region.
Three terms in the Maine House, all serving on Health and Human Services Committee; one term in the House, serving on the Taxation Committee; severak years as chairman of the Winterport Town Council; several years as chairman of the Winterport Planning Board; members of the Winterport Comprehensive Plan Committee, two years as a member of the Legislative Policy Council of the Maine Municipal Association.
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
It would cover many more uninsured in Maine and in the long term save the state a great deal of money.
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?Return some of the funding to elderly, mentally ill and others who have been cut in recent years by the LePage Administration; return mentally ill from the Maine State Prison to a more appropriate setting; totally revamp Riverview facility in Augusta.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?In increments over the next couple of years to $10.50
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?It is a gateway drug to other more addictive substances and enforcement will be inpossible for law enforcement. Properly managed medical marijuana if fine; but not recreational.