Michael D McClellan, Republicanhttp://mikemcclellan.comFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 66
Occupation: Executive Director, Non Profit
Arlington (NY) High School -1978
Dutchess Community College -1980 - AAS Recreation Leadership
SUNY Brockport -1983 - BPS - Therapeutic Recreation
Antioch New England - Master's Work in Organization and Management
Married for 31 years! Michelle Paradis McClellan, an educator. Two children, Maggie (29) and Patrick (21).
Why are you running for office? I am running for reelection. I know the district and people, I work hard and communicate with all who wish to engage. The ideas I will fight for work compared to what we have seen in Augusta which was no plan by the majority over the past 2 years. I am not controlled by unions and other groups. My faith in the Lord is a guiding force and I try to seek Him out as I consider the important (and lesser) decisions we are confronted with. I have served on Education and Insurance Committees. I also have served on the special committees: Regulatory Reform and Fairness, and Health Exchange Committees. My party does not tell me how to vote. When I vote, especially on important issues, I will pray, do the research, listen and look to my core values such as local control (decision are better when made locally).
Raymond School Committee - 2 terms- 1990's; Raymond Select Board -1 term - ending in the early 2000's; Maine House of Representatives - 2 terms - 2010 to present
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
Not in this way. The Supreme Court says we do not have to accept this "gift" but if we do...we can not end it, it is forever. This "federal gift" would cost us money we do not have in creating more bureaucracy we would need to pay to create staff to administer a program . It also would cover mainly people who are young adults and have the ability to work. It would not cover the people of Maine who are on the outside and most in need. This is the biggest red flag. I also believe that the ACA would cover almost all these people at a few dollars a month.
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?Welfare, and government, should be about the neediest people. We have allowed too many people to accept that this is their life. Government has become about "you can't do it" as opposed to giving the helping hand to move forward. I am told the number of people as a percentage of the population has actually gone up since the start of the "war on poverty." I would have substance checks for those who need to be tested and I would have some normalizing task, a real task, for people receiving help. This could be work or volunteering. It could be education. People should have to get up and go, motivating them to move forward and not accept what the government simply hands them.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.The minimum wag bill is what lazy politicians who do not have ideas cling to. We know that less than 1% of people make minimum wage. If you are in you 40's or 50's (age) making minimum wage, it is probably more about your choices than a bad economy. However, if we did regulatory reform and took burdens off our businesses, they would likely put more money into salaries and benefits....like in my parents days.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I tend to be leaning libertarian on local issues. In this case I truly believe this is a bad deal for people, that it can and will lead to more problems. I have heard school officials discuss the effects on students coming to school on pot. I choose not to condone it.