Paul B Schulz, RepublicanFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 48
Occupation: SOFTWARE CONSULTANT
Utah State University - BA in Management Information Systems and a minor in German
My wife, 3 kids (Logan 9, Dietrich 7, and Payton 4) and I feel very blessed to have planted roots here in Maine. We love this state and are excited to have our children grow up here and our family to be part of Maine’s great heritage.
Why are you running for office? I feel that the direction we are heading is simply not sustainable. One area that I feel passionate about where I know that I can make a difference once elected to the Legislature would be to mitigate our tax burden. When we were looking to move to Maine one of the big concerns we had was the overall tax burden. I often hear from fellow Mainers that they are very concerned with the growing rise in taxes. Many are to the point where they are being driven from their family homes and being forced to move elsewhere in Maine or are leaving Maine altogether to go to more tax friendly states. Many in our state live on a fixed income and cannot absorb the growing tide of taxes. My stance is that the state and elected officials need to be held responsible for the budget and every dollar of spending and they should do all in their power to reduce spending and pass those savings on to the citizens of Maine. It is well known that lower taxes spur economic growth and higher taxes curtail it. If we want Maine to be an economic leader we need to keep taxes low. Specific items where I would start include: -Fight to ensure that the .5% increase in sales tax expires when it is supposed to -Work with municipalities to negotiate better insurance rates -Work with schools to ensure that we are getting the value for our school tax dollars -Eliminate welfare fraud -Create an open and accountable budget
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 simply cannot afford it. 1/3 of the residents of Maine are already on Medicaid. With Maine and Fed exchange, anyone can afford coverage. This Medicaid expansion would expand coverage to 70K people. 40K of these people already have the means to purchase a private plan from the exchange for an extremely low monthly premium. The other 30K only have to make minimum wage to be able to qualify.
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?Americans and especially Mainers have always been extremely generous with their giving. One thing that we need to be especially cautious of is enabling people and not motivating them. Social Services need to be for the truly needy not for those abusing the system. We need to help those that genuinely need help and show some tough love for those that are just looking for a handout and not looking to better themselves or situation.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?Too many lives have been ruined for marijuana possession. If legalized, I would dedicate every cent of revenue to decreasing the property taxes.