John J Picchiotti, RepublicanFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 108
Started High School at Newman Catholic High School, Sterling Illinois 1958 & 1959, (Family moved) Streator Twp. High School, Streator Illinois 1960 & 1961 graduated. United States Navy Electronics Technician School, San Francisco Ca. Graduated as Communication/Electronics Technician, 1962. Illinois Valley Community College, Ogelsby Illinois, 1975 to 1977. Life Underwriting Training Council courses 1982-1983, graduated with designation of LUTCF plus held a Series 6 NASD license.
Married to my lovely wife Carol for 50 years, have 3 boys ages 49, 47, 44; 5 grandchildren ages 22,18,18, 7, 5.
Why are you running for office? I am running for office because I care greatly about our Community and State. My grandchildren live here (except my granddaughter who is in the Marines) and I would like to see them be able to stay here and make a good living and have good life for themselves. We need to move our economy forward to create jobs, make higher education more affordable and expand vocational training. Also to reform welfare to help the truly needy and be able to give a "hand up," helping those who have fallen down get back on their feet and our senior citizens who have fallen between the cracks.
I have many years experience within our community and other communities I have lived in, working with businesses and government, helping them to work together. Elected offices that I have held include State Representative District 84, Fairfield, Smithfield, Rome 2010-2012. Fairfield Town Council, currently vice-chairman, 2013 to present. SAD49 School Board 1983 to 1986.
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
The expansion under the ACA is being sold as cheap and easy but in the long run it is not. Our State has a balanced budget law and to fund this program (particularly down the line) would result in either drastic budget cuts or raising taxes or (probably) both. We need to look at other options without putting our State and Citizens at a strong risk credit downgrades or even financial ruin.
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?What is offered is good policy, but we need more accountability. The program needs to be a "hand up" to those who fallen, not a lifetime of free benefits. Our sources are stretched very thin and we need to make sure the system works for the most needy. We need to be able to help all able bodied people back on their feet and into the work force so that they can make it the good the rest of their lives.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Minimum wage was set up to protect those workers who are starting out in the work force or out into a career change, to allow businesses to get them on board, let people learn and then to move up in the ranks. Raising it could easily defeat that purpose. What is not being discussed is how those raises would actually affect the businesses that pay minimum wage to start. Factoring in payroll taxes, etc., it could cost businesses much more money than it appears and could cause a loss of those entry level jobs.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Not as long as marijuana is Federally Illegal. We would put our citizens at risk of being arrested by Federal Agents for possession, selling, and or growing. If it would become Federally Legal I have no problem with it as long as it is treated the same and under the same laws as alcohol and taxed the same.