Michael A Shaw, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 23
Occupation: Railroad Conductor
High School Graduate
Graduate, SMCC Oil burner Technology
Married, 1 child 2 years old
Why are you running for office? I've worked hard all my life making an honest living. As a railroad employee for the last 24 years, I know what it's like to wake up early and work hard to support my family. I want to bring our perspective, the working family's perspective to Augusta.
State Representative 2009 - 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?Yes
Medicaid expantion would provided health coverage to 70,000 Mainers including 3000 veterans. Ultimately, this would cut down on expensive emergency room care which lowers overall health care costs to all citizens. The hospital association reports that expantion would result in 3000 new jobs in 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?Other
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?Welfare benifits are generally not too generous for the people who truly need them. I believe the programs should be a temporary helping hand to people and families in need. We need to weed out all fraud in the system and restructure the welfare system so people who are recieving benifits get the job training and help they need to get back out into the workforce.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?All families deserve to make an honest living, holding 2 or more jobs is common. I believe that a hard days work deserves a fair wage. $7.50 just isn't enough to make ends meet anymore.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I support medical marijuana but I believe that having an open system would result in easier access for children. Medical studies show exposure to marijuana in teenagers is detramental to brain development.