Amy F Volk, Republicanhttp://www.AmyforMaine.comFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Senator - District 30
Occupation: State Representative/Business Owner/Mother of 4
Attended Windham schools through 10th grade
Graduated from Catherine McAuley High School in 1987
Graduated from University of Maine in 1992, earning a BS in Human Development
Married 25 years to high school sweetheart Derek Volk, 4 children ages 23, 20, 16 and 10.
Why are you running for office? The most important issue that is on my mind every time I speak with my family, friends and neighbors is Maine’s economy. Specifically, finding ways that we can not only grow jobs in this state, but grow good paying, quality jobs here. Work provides us with satisfaction, dignity and self-sufficiency. Mainers who are not able to find jobs, or are not able to find jobs that pay them well enough to succeed, should be our first and most pressing concern. In my time in the state legislature, I have made it a priority to help develop the Maine economy. I have earned a rating of Very Strong from the Maine Economic Research Institute, which reflects an analysis of my voting record, and I am proud to be be endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, which represents small businesses in Maine. Additionally, I received an A rating from the Maine Farm Bureau because I recognize agriculture as an important part of Maine's economy. I supported, and will continue to support decreasing the cost of doing business in Maine – including lowering taxes, decreasing energy costs and cutting regulatory red-tape.Getting Maine families the support and tools they need to live happy, prosperous lives is the reason I entered public service. I’m proud of the work we have done so far, but know that we have so much more to do. That’s why I am running for the Maine Senate, and that is why I am asking for the support of voters in Buxton, Gorham and Scarborough.
State Representative District 127, 2010-2012, serving on Labor, Commerce Research and Economic Development Committee and State Workforce Investment Board State Representative District 127, 2012-2014, serving as Lead Republican on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, and State Workforce Investment Board
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
I remain open to the idea of expanding Medicaid in Maine, but not on the terms offered by the federal government at this point in time. The current terms leave Maine paying for the claims administration of 70,000 or more Medicaid patients. The Department of Health and Human Services, which is only just beginning to get its budget under control, would need to hire an estimated 100 or more new claims processors. Additionally, because Maine has been generous in the past, covering populations not covered in other states, the federal government would only offer 100% coverage of care for a portion of enrollees, not all of them as they are in almost every other state. We are, in effect, being punished for having been generous and that just does not seem fair. I urge our federal delegation to pass legislation that allows folks not covered by Medicaid and not currently eligible for subsidized insurance, to fix the Affordable Care Act to allow those people to take advantage of the discounted rates, which can be as low as $5 a week. Until then, there are Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers with 151 locations around the state offering free care, as well as sliding scale hospital programs.
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 issue I hear about the most when talking to voters is welfare. Struggling middle class Mainers are often tired of feeling taken advantage of by people whom they perceive as work-capable. Often, the issue of illegal immigrants comes up as well. In my opinion, many people who seek refuge or protection in the United States are here for the right reasons and we should welcome them to the extent that we can afford to do so. What is really broken is a federal immigration system which takes months and sometimes years to issue a work permit. While they are waiting, refugees and asylees have no other option except for public assistance. That is a real problem and I have encouraged our federal delegation to resolve this issue so that Maine can, in fact, benefit from an influx of young, sometimes even highly skilled workers from other countries. These people can be part of the solution to an aging workforce and a stagnant population. As always, a hand up is much more effective than a handout. I am proud to have voted for every serious welfare reform bill I have been presented with.
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 raising Maine's minimum wage. We are already higher than the federal minimum and cannot afford to increase any costs related to doing business in Maine. I would not oppose an increase on the federal level because that places all states on an even playing field.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I recently had a very interesting and intelligent conversation with a young voter who goes to school in Colorado, where they have legalized marijuana. He made some very good arguments in favor of legalization. However, I believe there are a lot of unanswered questions with marijuana legalization and would prefer to see how it goes in other states before I would be ready to vote in favor of it in Maine. My answer is no, for now.