Lori A Fowle, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 80
Occupation: State Representative
Graduated from Caribou High School 1981.
Grande Falls, Canada, School of Cosmetology 1983
Married to Evert Fowle. We have three children Evert, 22; Hayden, 21 and Morgan, 17.
Why are you running for office? To be an independent voice for the people of our district. Foster a strong business climate to help our children stay in Maine. Work to bridge the gap between education and skills needed bring jobs to the state of Maine. Protect our environment to make Maine a more attractive place to live, work and raise a family.
State Representative in the 126th Legislature 2013-2014; Vassalboro Budget Committee 2009-current; Vassalboro School Committee 2000-2009
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
Maine does not save any money by failing to expand Medicaid, so that more people have health insurance and don't wind up in emergency rooms. Medicaid coverage for people currently without health insurance would benefit our hospitals and other health care providers, and most importantly, the average Maine citizen.
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 needs to vigorously prosecute welfare fraud. It is also important provide job training for the unemployed. We need to transition people from welfare to work when ever possible, and help those who truly can not help themselves. .
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Maine's minimum wage has not been raised in over five years. There is glaring income inequality, and those on the bottom who are attempting to support themselves, (as opposed to relying on public assistance) deserve a raise. We should work together with other nearby states to raise the minimum wage so as not to put Maine at a competitive disadvantage.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Currently there is no way of testing people suspected of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana. As long as this is the case, and as long as it remains illegal under Federal law, I am opposed to legalizing marijuana in Maine. At the present time, possession of marijuana is a civil violation, and people are not sent to jail for the mere possession of marijuana.