Randall A Parr, Independent Greenhttps://mainegreens.nationbuilder.com/randall_parr
Office Sought: Representative - District 95
Occupation: Data Architect
BA University of NH Durham NH 1967
MA Economics U Mass Amherst MA 1972
MS Computer Information Systems Bentley College - Waltham MA 1984
Divorced; one son, 42; one grand son, 3.
Why are you running for office? I entered the District 95 Representative race because for over 40 years long-festering problems continued to remain unaddressed by government, which has been making things worse, following the dictates of those that Republican President Teddy Roosevelt called the "malefactors of great wealth hiding behind breastworks of major corporations." The Maine Fuel Board, which had been given exclusive right to manage Liquid Gas tanks safety permitting, while other explosive flammable fossil fuels were regulated by Maine Department of Public Safety Fire Marshal, refused to hold ConocoPhillips Liquid Propane Megatank public-requested public hearings in Searsport which had potential to destroy half the state, and permitted it denying citizen input from public hearings. Only the local planning board stopped the disastrous project. Although Maine had the 14th highest tax burden of 50 states in 2011, Dept of Transportation, allied with Army Corps of Engineers, refusing public hearings mandating a $13 million dredging program that could spread Mercury toxins throughout its $70 million Penobscot Bay Lobster fisheries, while Maine Legislature raised broad-based sales and meals taxes even further to balance Maine's budget. The only mega-dredge benefit, according to sources, was that petroleum-carrying vessels would be saved from waiting 12 hours or less for high tide before discharging their carbon-producing cargo 8 times per year. What about renewable energy?
No political experience. I am a member of Midcoast economic Development District and have served on the Appleton Planning Board.
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
It is foolish to turn down a federal benefit, although it is not an ideal program.
Medicaid stigmatizes people with lower income and is far worse than universal single payer public option health insurance such as medicare for all.
But it is misguided to deny people coverage for health care.
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?Welfare would not be needed if my economic programs based on a State Owned bank and reduced taxes on incomes and sales because the state of Maine would have real prosperity. not poverty. One third of Maine children live in poverty according to a recent study. We need an activist program to seek out the needy and get them jobs, confidence and prosperity. A state bank would add 117000 new jobs according to my simulation which is in my book, "Occupying a New Maine Economy"
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.It would be better to put money in workers hands first by getting the state out of their pockets ending the income tax on wages and salaries and ending the sales tax on consumption. These taxes create poverty by making everything people buy more expensive and giving them less of their pay check money to pay for it with. Studies say that it would be better to increase minimum wage but some workers who do not provide value to employers equal to their wages which are costs to employers could lose their jobs even though they would prefer to remain employed. It could also cause some low margin businesses to fail because revenues would not cover costs. There may be a way to increase wages without unemploying people.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Yes
Please explain your position on legalization?People are supposed to be free to do what they want. If marijuana is dangerous then let people decide if they will take the risk. Cigarettes are dangerous, skiing is dangerous. They are not illegal. Legalization would save incarceration costs and allow reduced tax rates.