John L Tuttle, Jr., Democrat
Office Sought: Senator - District 33
Occupation: Emergency Medical Technician
BA, University of Maine Presque Isle;
MPA, Finance, University of Maine Orono, 1992
Married to Ann Tuttle;
1 adult daughter, Meghan Tuttle
Why are you running for office? The people of Senate District 33 are looking for progressive constructive leadership in Augusta; for someone who can place the cause of good government above those of partisan politics. I have a record of working with leaders from both parties to craft legislation that benefits all Maine citizens, especially those in York County. I am proud of my work as Senate Chair of the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee, where we led the way toward paying back Maine's hospital debt and providing better employment opportunities for Maine's veterans. We still have a long ways to go, and to get there we need seasoned leaders who know how to cooperate to get things done.
Senator, Maine State Senate, 1984-1988, 2012-present; Selectman, Sanford Board of Selectmen; Representative, Maine State House of Representatives, 1978-1984, 1988-2002, 2004-2012
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
There are approximately 70,000 Mainers, including approximately 3,000 veterans, who would benefit from us accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid. We're the only state in New England not to do it, and we are the only state in New England to see an increase in the number of uninsured residents. This deal makes sense regardless of where you stand politically.
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?Maine has the lowest benefits in New England. However, we must make sure that any public benefits go only to those who need it, for items that they need, which is why I voted to ban the use of welfare benefits on items like alcohol, cigarettes, and gambling. I also support creating an inspector general to review all state welfare spending and make sure that any fraud is rooted out of the system wherever it exists. We have a responsibility to care for the needy, especially children and the elderly. But we also have a responsibility to make sure the system is not abused.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I have consistently supported and sponsored legislation to raise Maine's minimum wage. No one who works full time and lives responsibly should live in poverty. Raising Maine's minimum wage would also provide a boost to small businesses, as consumers would have more money to spend locally.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?As an Emergency Medical Technician for over 30 years, I have concerns about legalization at this present time. I also believe this is a federal issue.