Lisa Villa, Democrathttp://villaformaineFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 69
Occupation: Legislator/Flight Attendant
Santa Cruz High School - 1983
Cabrillo Jr. College, Aptos - Gen Education 1984
Solano Community College - Gen Education 1984
San Mateo Community College - Real Estate Law 1988
Son - Brandon Pullen (30)
Daughter - Taylor Michelle (17)
Cats - Bella-Bella, Gussy Gus
Why are you running for office? I'm running for reelection because I want to continue to be a voice for our region when it comes to issues involving rural Maine, and the future of our state. We need a leader with experience in a variety of issues involving transportation, economic development, budgeting and one who is unafraid to cross party lines to ensure good legislation gets passed for the people and state, not for any particular party.
Lake Region Transportation Coalition 2004; Lake Region Development Council 2005; Harrison Board of Selectmen 2006-2012; Cumberland County Finance Committee Chair 2009-20012; Cumberland County Charter Commission -Co-Chair 2010-2012; CDBG Municipal Oversight Committee -2009-2012; GPCOG - Executive Committee 2009-2012; Maine House of Representatives 2012-2014
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
Over 3,000 veterans and their families will finally have access to medical care, preventative care is the solution to high cost medical care when the only option left for a person without medical care is to go to the emergency room. Plus, removing a polyp is hundreds of thousands less that treating the high cost of fight cancer at any stage.
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?I would work towards expanding welfare to work programs for those who are able such as vocational training for local job vacancies and training in national high job growth areas. I would ensure that seniors, the disabled, and persons who are at home care givers for family members continue to be taken care of so seniors can stay at home and within their communities, which also saves tax dollars. I support strong penalties for those who abuse the program, ID cards to help prevent abuse. In these tough economic times I would also balance judgement with mercy, because there are people who currently need help who have never needed it before.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Given current economic difficulties faced by small businesses I think we need to tread lightly when it comes to increases. There are many people trying to raise their families on minimum wage and it's not a livable wage. Even small increments over time will help them, and help small businesses by not subjecting them to high increases that may lead to layoffs, but enough to make a difference in the lives of the people working for them.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I favor decriminalizing it so we can focus on the bigger problem of heroin distribution, abuse, addiction and accidental overdose. This is a national problem and at this time marijuana should be the least of our worries.