Richard O Paul, Republican
Office Sought: Representative - District 138
Occupation: Retired Educator
Morse Memorial High School (Brooks, Maine) Graduated 1964
BSEd University of Maine 1968
MEd University of Maine 1975
CAS Wesleyan University 1989
My wife, Cheryl, and I have been married 43 years. We have 4 adult sons
Why are you running for office? To be sure that the voices and needs of the citizens of District 138 are heard and responded to in the Maine State Legislature and at the bureaucratic levels in Augusta.
SAD 37 Board of Directors (12 years, 3 as chair); Moderator of Addison Town Meeting 28 consecutive years; Chair of Addison Appeals board since 1989; organized the Parent Support Group at the D. W. Merritt School in Addison; drove ambulance for 10+ years; numerous civic and professional organizations (including being elected to state and regional offices)
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
Not until we know just how the the federal Affordable Care Act regulations will be implemented. I like my doctor, and I want to able to continue going to him.
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?The issue is not being too generous but assuring that the funding is used for the truly needy and only the truly needy.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Please follow this scenario: Suppose I have worked for ten years and have received raises for my experience and special on the job training so that I am not making $10.75. This means that I am making $3.25 over the minimum wage. In fact, that is one and on-half times the minimum wage. If the minimum wage were increased to $10.10 as is being proposed in some arenas, I would be making only 65 cents over minimum. Is that all my experience and advanced training are worth? And, if my employer can only pay me $10.75 now, Should s/he be expected to keep my current rate of one and one-half times the new minimum wage which would be $15.15. Where do small business owners come up with this extra pay?
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?In my opinion, the use of marijuana is at the same status as the use of alcohol was during prohibition. Legalizing marijuana, as was done to alcohol after prohibition, would result in a safer, controlled use of this substance and would allow for taxes to be applied to its sales, resulting in a new source of income for the operation of state government. Furthermore, it is my opinion that the legalization would dramatically reduced the strain on the judicial and jail systems.