Paul E Gilbert, Democrat
Office Sought: Representative - District 74
Jay High School - 1962
UMF - 1972, Liberal Arts
Married 42 yrs; 3 married adult children and 8 grandchildren
Why are you running for office? Jobs, education pre-K through college and lifelong learning opportunities, and elder issues. Maine workers need access to good paying jobs with benefits. That requires a good educational background and/or a skilled trade. Older Maine residents need to be safe in their homes., access to transportation and affordable health care. Maine is a great place to live and work. We, the people of Maine, need to promote all the positives about our home. I am proud to be called a Mainer.
14 years on the Jay Scbool Committee ending in 1984; 2 years on the Jay Select Board ending in 1998 and 6 years as a state representative. (currently serving.)
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
Medicare expansion would provide health coverage to 70,000 uninsured Maine residents. It would provide jobs throughout the state of Maine. and the cost would be covered 100% by the federal government, eventually reducing to 90% federal funding over the years. This has been vetoed 5 times by the Governor. The best interest of the people of Maine were not served by these vetoes.
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?Per capita, Maine is the oldest state in the nation and 1 out of 4 Maine children live in poverty. Most of the DHHS budget is used for our elderly and needy children . We should focus on providing opportunities for good jobs. This would reduce the cost of welfare.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?$7.50/hr is much too low. I support a minimum of $10/hr and have the minimum wage tied to the rate of inflation.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?Although, legalization would provide for regulation, such as alcohol and tobacco, and would provide revenues, I support a referendum on this issue.