Matthew G Pouliot, Republicanhttp://www.pouliotforhouse.comFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 86
University of Maine - Augusta, Bachelor of Science - Business Administration, 2005-2009
Cony High School - High School Diploma, 2001-2005
Kennebec Leadership Institute, Class XXV - 2011
Married - Wife, Heather Pouliot
No children (yet!)
Why are you running for office? I am seeking re-election because I will continue to help make Maine a better place to live, work and raise a family. I have worked hard for our great state in the Maine Legislature over the past two years. In all, 33 bills I sponsored or co-sponsored became law. I fought for financial literacy to be taught in our high schools so our youth will understand basic finance before graduating. I've been a tireless advocate for improving our public roads, so we can keep more money in our pockets than at the repair shop. Most importantly, I've worked to link education with the needs of the workforce, so we can grow our economy, keep folks employed, and keep our kids here in Maine. I've been a strong leader in Augusta. I am engaged and energized and I fight for non-partisan, common sense solutions to the major problems facing Maine. It is an honor to serve the people in Maine in the legislature, and if re-elected, I will work hard each day to ensure that all Mainer's have the opportunity to thrive in this great state.
Maine State Legislature - State Representative (District 57), 2012-Present;
Appointed Member - Maine Economic Growth Council, 2013-Present;
Vice Chairman - Augusta Planning Board, 2009-2013
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?Other
I've been supportive of measures to expand medicaid which include a private market element. I supported an amended version of L.D. 1066 in the second session of the 126th Legislature because it included managed care, which I believe would have given Maine the opportunity to really begin reducing the cost of health care. I think access to healthcare is vitally important, especially with Maine's aging population. However, equally as important, is the need to reduce the skyrocketing cost of health care. Until we do this, we will not have a truly great healthcare system. In the future, I would be supportive of legislation to expand Medicaid if the legislation included measures to help reduce the cost of providing health services to the people of Maine.
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?There’s no doubt that showing compassion to others is the Maine way. I believe that we have an obligation to provide a safety net for those with the highest needs, but our ability to provide has been undermined by expanding benefits to those with lesser needs. In short, through the efforts of some over a long period of time, Maine has become overly generous toward too many people. I believe that the best thing we can do to protect our most vulnerable is to make sure that Maine’s safety net benefits are in line with the national average, remain focused on those truly in need, and are sustainable for generations to come. I also believe that we can help our most vulnerable by giving them opportunities to find dignity in becoming self-sufficient when they are able to do so.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I believe that increasing earned income tax credits holds the power to really pull individuals out of poverty more than raising the minimum wage.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I do not support the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.