Paul Aranson, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 29
Occupation: Attorney, musician, farmer, teacher
BA - Politics Brandeis University 1972
JD - U Maine School of Law 1977
I am single with two wonderful sons, Daniel (29 years) and Max (21 years)
Why are you running for office? Maine is one of the oldest states in the United States. There is a shrinking tax base. Many well educated and motivated young people leave the state to find a livable wage elsewhere. We need to continue our commitment to our fine public educational system and not divert precious dollars to private schools. We need create an environment where 21st century innovative businesses will move here because it make good business sense. That requires a tax and regulatory policy which invites investment. Energy and transportation costs are always an issue in Maine. We need to promote less expensive and renewable energy sources. Our infrastructure needs to be maintained and enhanced. Finally, all of our policies have to be formulated with the preservation of our natural resources and wonderful lifestyle in mind. I am not an ideologue and just want us to utilize the three billion plus dollars a year in the budget in an intelligent, efficient and effective manner.
District Attorney, Cumberland County 1982-1990
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
Expansion of Medicaid which will be paid for at the initial rate of 100% by the Federal government will not only promote health and save lives, it will provide additional tens of millions of dollars in our economy.
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?The eligibility requirements should be examined to see if they are adequate, too generous or inadequate. Much of what we receive is matched by the Federal Government on a 1:1 or 2:1 basis. Much of the cost of Medicaid is attributable to our elderly population living in nursing homes. We should always be careful not to undermine incentive to work but should also assist in helping life people out of poverty and a dead end.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?Marijuana should be legalized and sold in the same fashion as cigarettes and alcohol.