Phyllis A Ginzler, RepublicanFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 69
Occupation: Retired from Hewlett-Packard
University of Massachusetts/Framingham; BA
Babson College, Wellesley MA; MBA in Finance
I am married to my husband David. We have one son, one grandson,.
Why are you running for office? I am running for State Representative to give a choice to the voters of my district. Through my business, teaching and volunteer accomplishments, I believe I offer a much better alternative. that reflects the priorities of the voters in Bridgton, Denmark and Harrison.. I expect to be a strong voice and a vote in Augusta for the taxpayer who is on the hook for decisions made there, and for pro-growth policies that lead to job creation.
I am an average citizen who adheres to the "citizen legislator" tradition in Maine . This is my first political campaign.
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 support a strong social safety net for our most vunlerable citizens who have few, if any options. Before the ACA, Maine expanded Medicaid (MaineCare) coverage. It now accounts for nearly 25% of the General Fund., crowding out other priorities such as infrastructure and education. Expanding further would mean an additional tax burden of over $800M over ten years. This is unsustainable.
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?I support a shift in funding priorities to in-home health care to the elderly and disabled; an increase in nursing home reimbursement; and mental health services. I support Governor LePage's effort to scrutinize the EBT and TANF programs. The best social services programs to lift our citizens from poverty are job training and work requirements, including volunteering within our communities.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Not at this time. Raising the minimum wage will hurt small business hiring. and decrease available work hours. Teenagers and low-skilled workers trying to enter the labor force will be especially hard hit by raising the minimum wage. Job creation should be priority #1. I could support a gradual raise as was proposed by Senator Susan Collins.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?I support the legalization of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Marijuana should be treated as alcohol under the law: taxed and regulated. Marijuana is know to permanently impair brain function in young people and could have other lasting consequences. Therefore, I support severe criminal penalties for the sale and distribution to persons under 21.