John M Nostin, Republicanhttp://www.facebook.com/john.nostin
Office Sought: Representative - District 68
Occupation: Retired Information Technology (IT) program manager, consultant, software developer
Attended University of Maine
Certified Project Manager
Certified Master Gardener
Certified training for the Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) for the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
Certified in first aid, CPR, AED by the American Red Cross
I have been happily married for 38 years to my lovely wife Ann.
Hometown: Naples, Maine
Why are you running for office? I am running because house district 68 needs a change in representation. My opponent is a liberal and I am a conservative. Our political views are totally opposite. I don't want to leave debt to our children and grandchildren. My opponent like her party likes to introduce new programs but they do not say how they will pay for them. Their solution is to tax and borrow (bonds). I believe in helping those in need. We need to eliminate waste, abuse and fraud in the welfare system, something else the my opponent and her party don't seem to want to do. The first question I will ask on any legislation is "How are we going to pay for it?" Burdening the citizens with new or increased taxes and borrowing is not the answer. The legislature must work together in a bipartisan way to find alternative ways to fund programs. The following fact has been brought to my attention and is another reason I have decided to run. When it comes to roll call votes in the 126th Maine House, current Rep. Christine Powers had one of the worst attendance in the caucus, ranking 141 out of 151 members. Of the ten members that had lesser attendance at least 6 had serious health concerns. We will have representation in House District 68 (Naples, Baldwin, Cornish, Sebago, and part of Parsonsfield) when I am elected. I am committed to 100% roll call attendance to vote on all legislation. I will take the honor to serve seriously.
Member of the Republican party since 1970
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?No
Expanding Medicaid in Maine will continue to deplete Maine's budget. The Affordable Healthcare Act (ObamaCare) is a disaster from day one.
Medicaid is a joint federal and state funded program.
When elected I will always ask the question "How are we going to pay for it?" The Federal government will not pay for all of the expansion costs.
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?Yes
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Welfare benefits must have more oversight to eliminate/cut waste, abuse, and fraud. I support additional oversight to ensure integrity in the program that is essential to supporting our seniors, the disabled, and children. I support reforms that strengthen the safety net to help struggling families and reduce waste, abuse, and fraud. I agree with Governor LePage putting restrictions on EBT cards. More needs to be done. I am against illegal aliens receiving welfare benefits. The program is for legal citizens of Maine.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?I support raising the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour. Businesses cannot afford to increase the minimum wage any more at this time due to the current economic climate. Many business are still struggling.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Marijuana is legal only for approved medical use. I would not support the legalizing of recreational marijuana at this time. However those found in possession of small amounts of marijuana should not be arrested and prosecuted. It has been proven that recreational users of marijuana become impaired. Impaired users operating a motor vehicle would pose a danger and safety hazard to others.