Richard V Snow, Republicanhttp://www.snowforhouse.comFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 47
Occupation: Business Owner
Greely High School class of 1978
Naval Academy Prep School class of 1981
United States Naval Academy Class of 1985, BS degree
Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Certificate of completion Senior Executives in State and Local Government
I am married to Lori Snow and have twin 11 year old boys and a 9 year old daughter.
Why are you running for office? I am running to represent my community to help move Maine forward, by providing a better business climate so my children will have the same opportunities for success that my parents gave me. Maine's tax code overburdens its citizens, and forces them to become part time residents so they avoid paying income and sale taxes. Our schools have become overstaffed with administrations taking valuable resources from the classrooms. Our state budget has grown to levels that are unsustainable.
I have not served in an elected position. I served as the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards for 18 months.
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
The federal government has agreed to only pay for a few years, and then Maine will have to start paying. The DHHS budget is already in the red and if we add the additional burden of the ACA mandates, the State will not have enough money to pay for all the other requirements of the current State budget.
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 would support allowing a gradual reduction in assistance as an individuals income increases. Currently, if you make to much money the assistance is cut off, taking away the incentive to work and make more money. We should be giving those in need a leg up with job training and access to higher education so they can work their way out of welfare.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Most of the Portland area businesses are already paying more then the State minimum wage. The market place determines the starting wages based on the supply of the labor force. We are blessed in Southern Maine with a low unemployment so there is a natural demand for a higher starting pay then the current minimum wage. As a small business owner, I would have to increase my payroll by over $100,000 if the minimum wage was raised to over $10 per hour. I don't have that much in sales to support that increase and would have to lay off a number of employees.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I want to see what has happened in the other States that have legalized marijuana. I have read that they have seen a large increase in traffic accidents and deaths due to an increase in stoned driving. I also want to see what burden their medical services and DHHS have experienced from the legalization. Since it is still illegal at the Federal level, there are many companies that require a drug free workplace, how do we legislate those businesses?