Nathan J Wadsworth, Republican
Office Sought: Representative - District 70
Occupation: Forestry Company Manager
Montana State University Bachelor of Science in Economics
Minor in Agricultural Business
Married with two children
Why are you running for office? I am excited to run for office because I have the education and real world experience to make a difference in Augusta. I have an economics degree and am a small business owner. I know how to create jobs and get people to work.
I am a fresh face in politics
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
Medicaid should not be expanded again. It would be an incredible burden on Maine taxpayers and I hear from many constituents about wanting their taxes decreased. Our resources are scarce and should be allocated to those in need.
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?No
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?We need to make sure welfare is getting to the people who truly need it. We need to cut down on the welfare fraud.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I do not support increasing the minimum wage. If you raise the cost of labor companies demand less labor and substitute more capital. I have an economics degree and its proven that raising the minimum wage increases unemployment because companies higher fewer people because it costs them more. Raising the minimum wage hurts more people than it helps.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?Yes. The prohibition of alcohol never worked and the prohibition of marijuana does not work either. Legalizing marijuana and taxing it would create revenue as opposed to having a black market and no tax revenue generated.