Paul Chace, Republicanhttp://paulchace.us
Office Sought: Representative - District 46
Occupation: Licensed Pharmacist / Recruiter
Winthrop Grade School;
Cape Elizabeth Middle / High School - Diploma 1985;
University of Rhode Island, School of Pharmacy BS 1990
Why are you running for office? We are losing our industry and business. Our state spending is higher than we can afford, and the number of citizens left covering these costs are overburdened and diminishing in numbers. We have a state with strong workers, very well educated children, and many resources that we have got to capitalize on to bring success back to our community. I can't sit back and watch this happen and say that I did nothing to help it. We need our local communities to have more say on our needs, and how our state spends our money. My focus for running is to bring back opportunities for families, reduce taxes on the folks that have already been paying for decades of their hard working lives, and stimulate an atmosphere where Maine is considered business friendly. We have to reduce spending on areas that don't bring a return to the citizens of Maine. We need to direct that spending to areas that focus on enhancing opportunities through jobs, education, and quality of life. I want to continue the fight to make this state an attraction to business and industry. I believe that we can market our beaches, woods and towns, and still enhance our ideal opportunities for sportsman to show the country that we know how to handle our forests and wildlife effectively and to the benefit of our way of life. Maine is a great place to live. But we have to make this an environment that is affordable for folks to stay and where businesses want to bring up their families too.
Governor appointment to Maine Board of Pharmacy - regulatory, disciplinary and licensing functions for pharmacy licensees; 2004-2007, 2010-2014.
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
We need to focus on developing opportunities for our citizens in this state. Everyone who needs benefits should get them. Our efforts need to be applied to securing jobs and educational and vocational training to give our citizens advancement opportunity so that they don't need these benefits. A lot of folks in Maine have fallen on hard times, and stimulating opportunity his how I think we have to turn this around. We have to wrap our hands around the limiting factors for these folks to attain opportunity, and focus on those barriers. Expansion is federal money that still comes from taxes.
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?I think "generous" is a word that should be used carefully in such a complicated discussion. We have a good quality of care for our MaineCare recipients. We cover more services than many other states. We also have 30 percent of our residents on some form of state assistance, and that is a sign of a much bigger issue than whether the program is generous or not. We have to be sure that we are properly assessing and addressing why as a state we have a need for such a threshold. I believe that with high energy costs, high workers compensation rates, heavy regulation and high taxes, that we cannot address the folks that truly need these services versus the folks that just can't find opportunities to survive and thrive in this state.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Maine is already higher than the Federal minimum wage. That means that on a per capita basis, folks need a higher income to make a better living. That indicates a high cost of living. Good businesses in a competitive environment pay competitive wages to keep good workers. I have experienced minimum wage increases as a business owner. Minimum wage increases do not put additional revenue into the business. They inhibit the ability to hire part time workers looking to supplement their income during school or gain entry level employment. When businesses are looking at the cost of doing business in this state, they already have to contend with high utility rates, high taxes and higher than national average wage for entry level employees. As a business owner, I wanted nothing more than the pride of having well paid employees.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?As a licensed pharmacist, I fully realize that there are many many positive uses for medical marijuana under the supervision of a licensed medical practitioner. I do believe that the Federal Government should reclassify marijuana so that it can be legally prescribed without the current contradiction in laws. At this time, however, I have a tough time finding a reason to expand access to another substance that would need to be regulated, taxed, and ultimately be added to the list of items that we may not want expanded access and availability to our children.