Norman Higgins, Republicanhttp://VoteForNorm.MeFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 120
Occupation: Retired Educator
Univiversity of Maine (Orono) 1964-1968 B.A
University Of Maine 1970-1972 Masters in Education
I have been married for 46 years. I have two (44/42) children and eight grandchildren
Why are you running for office? We are facing serious issues in Piscataquis County and the state of Maine. The lack of cooperation and the excessive partisanship in Augusta has resulted in few workable solutions for the people. I have a track record of working with people with multiple points of view and finding common sense solutions by working together. I believe the position provides an opportunity to be a catalyst for change and an opportunity to re-define our communities for the future.
Dover-Foxcroft Board of Selectmen 1977-1986; Mayo Regional Hospital Board of Directors 2000-2005
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
In over 1400 door to door conversation, the voters do not support the expansion of welfare for health care to able bodied adults when they are working hard everyday to earn their health care coverage.
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?The welfare system has failed to create incentives for individuals to transition to the workforce. The lack of skills and experiences coupled with low pay has resulted in the current situation. Those who can work need to access training/education to continue to access their current benefits. In many cases entry into the welfare system is a result of an economic crisis or domestic abuse. And benefits should be provided for 30 days and provide time for emotional and financial adjustment without first having to look for work. Our citizens are generous people but want their taxes to serve the truly needy and provide a hand up to those in need.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The minimum wage needs to be indexed to the CPI to avoid being a political issue.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?As a former teacher and high school principal I am concerned that legalization will increase access to our youth. The argument that it is no worse than alcohol should provide us with little comfort knowing the tragic toll that alcohol has of many of our citizens and their families often with tragic results on families, the workplace and loss of life on our highways.