2014 maine elections
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Joshua R Plante, Democrat

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Office Sought: Representative - District 5

Age: 26

Occupation: Evening Store Manager (Shaw's Supermarket)

Education:

Graduated from NOBLE high school in 2006.

Graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 with a Communications Major and Political Science Minor.

Family:

Single

Hometown: Berwick

Why are you running for office? Maine needs a legislature that is responsive to its citizens. We need to set an agenda that holds the state accountable for the promises it makes and be versatile enough to address any new issue(s) that may arise. I believe we need to keep our promise on revenue sharing to help fund local budgets and lower the property tax burden, properly fund education so that our students have the opportunities available to them to succeed, and to provide affordable health care to all of our citizens.

Poltical Experience:

Served in the Maine House of Representatives (District 145) in the 126th legislature.

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

Expansion of Medicaid will provide coverage for Maine's poor while creating a state-run exchange that will drive down health insurance costs. With neighboring New Hampshire having expanded its Medicaid program this year and expecting multiple new insurance companies to provide new plans beginning in 2015, Maine continues to fall behind. Expansion will save the state millions of dollars every year and will increase overall health for our citizens.

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?The state needs to team with the federal government to address how best to assist those on welfare programs. Having worked at Shaw's for over eight years, I have learned that the best way to improve the delivery of this program is to work together. If we make it so that the cards those on the program use allow them to buy the goods they need, including toiletries, we can ultimately get to a place where we will not need to require a cash only policy (specifically for toiletries) via the card.

Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes

By how much?People who work full time should not need to go on government assistance to pay their bills. This is corporate welfare and absolutely unacceptable. Companies must pay their work force a living wage so that they can have the opportunity to grow and succeed.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?I do not believe legalization is the path to take. I support medical marijuana, but not recreational.