2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
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Roberta B Beavers, Democrat

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Office Sought: Representative - District 2

Age: 72

Occupation: State Representative

Education:

MA Counseling, 1996, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ;

MBA, Marketing/Management, 1979, Lehigh University, Allentown, PA;

BA, Chemistry, Douglass College, Rutgers University, 1964, New Brunswick, NJ

Family:

Married to Floyd Beavers 45 years

Children: 3

3 grandchildren

Hometown: South Berwick

Why are you running for office? I'm not done yet. In my first two terms I have sponsored and co-sponsored dozens of Bills raising the quality of our economy, health care, foreclosure prevention, older adult services, renewable energy, property tax relief, funding and job opportunities for our gateway bridges, Domestic Violence prevention, government efficiency, Native American supports, tax fairness, shellfish processing innovation, environmental protection, balanced budgeting. We have a gorgeous resource-rich state and I am running to help Maine to be truly “The Way Life Should Be!” We have enough offshore wind capability to power the country in a decade or two. Our majority older population has lots more life in it and these experienced, mature minds and willing hands will continue to volunteer to mentor and assist our job-seekers, business growers, civil servants and educational professionals. We're starting to un-depress many of our sadly decaying mill towns by revitalizing these mills and transforming them into vibrant assisted living and affordable housing for families. We need to consider a public bank in Maine where state money made here stays here and is used here for our hard-working people. Student loans, low-interest mortgages partnered with community banks, investments in our communities instead of in the "big banks" would bring us huge dividends. Lots more to do for me.

Poltical Experience:

State Representative, House District 148 (Eliot and part of South Berwick), 2010-present

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

There are nearly 70,000 desperate Mainers, including, 3,000 veterans, who are being kept from life-saving and life giving services by the current administration. Healthy people can work and get themselves off welfare. I resent having my federal tax dollars pay for healthcare in other states rather than returning to our state to help those in need.

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?I believe we need to find and fix the one (1%) percent "people" welfare fraud. That’s the actual extent of it. Repression of services for Maine’s poor, hungry, homeless, health care deprived, Head Start and free lunch denial is unconscionable and must be restored. I would like to define and fix the larger percent of "corporate" welfare fraud, i.e., receiving tax credits to increase jobs but not doing so. Both of these types of welfare fraud need to be clearly and specifically identified, ended and held responsible in a court of law. This also means identifying and making accountable any wasteful, inefficient, unresponsive and inequitable services in the welfare programs the state offers to people and to businesses. This reduction in spending, and tax credits do drain revenue, would enable us at least to keep taxes stable, if not reduce them.

Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes

By how much?The proposed $10.10 (minimum) would help many families get off welfare, keep a roof over their heads, as well as enable them to heat their homes, feed their families and maybe even needed medications, as well as stimulate the economy.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other

Please explain your position on legalization?At this point in time I would like to wait a couple of years to see how Colorado and Washington work out the kinks in their new laws. The potential revenue to the state seems very appealing to many but I would like to proceed with caution. The cost savings in time, jail space and court time also seem appealing. Here is what one of my young constituents has to say on the matter: ... My generation, along with a majority of others, believe that the expensive and wasted effort applied to cannabis (marijuana) will continue if it is not legalized throughout the country. ... If abused like alcohol, it may have intoxicating effects impairing one’s ability to drive or influence someone to do something they would not normally do. Therefore, why shouldn’t it be federally regulated and taxed like alcohol? Legalizing marijuana would create jobs, bring in major revenue, stop wasting valuable law enforcement time and keep thousands from harmful jail time. Anyone 21 and older, who can drink, vote and fight Wars on our behalf, should be able to buy marijuana ...My peers and I strongly believe that the legalization of marijuana will prove a benefit to the State of Maine. And because our generation is inheriting not only this state but also this world, I think it’s important that even a teenager should use his voice to try to make change for the better and for the future."