Ray Bates, Republicanhttp://bates.for.houseFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 80
Occupation: Water Operater
SMVTI- Cert of Completion of the Wastewater Technology Program (1 yr);
Mid-State College-Assoc Degree in Business Mang and Accounting;
U.S. Air Force Academy-Non Commisioned Officer Training Program;
Married with 2 children.
Why are you running for office? I am running to serve the state of Maine in the best way I know how. My current status as a Selectman has taught me to listen to the residents I serve and to try to follow their guidance and directions. I have come to understand that we do not always see issues the same way and that there are times when we will disagree but that we can always find a way to understand each other. I expect that that I will always need to listen to the people of this district and try to address their concerns while at the same time sticking to my conservative principles. I know that, at this level, there have to be compromises to get things done but there also needs to be some principles involved as well.
I have been involved in the Town of Windsor for the lasy 14 years as both a Selectman and a Budget Committee member (Chair of both druing my service).
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
It is my understanding that while the federal government is willing to pick up the full costs for this program over the first three years and then 90% thereafter, there is no guarantee that they will be forced to comply with that arrangement in the future. This leaves the state potentially vunerable to these costs into the future and I could not put us at risk like that.
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 think we should focus our efforts on helping the truly needy and eliminate those who have the ability to work from the program. We should require work and/or training to those who are able. The need for a change in culture at the state end is also required.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.The raising of the minimum wages impacts small businesses in a negative way. I believe it will also have an impact on the very people it is meant to help, the young people starting out in their first job. The minimum wages was never meant to be a living wage, It was designed to set a floor for the training of new people to the work force.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?no further comment