Ronald F Collins, Republican
Office Sought: Senator - District 34
Twelve years public school, graduate of Kennebunk High School.
Married 46 years, two children ages 36 & 43.
Why are you running for office? I've always been interested in what happens in my state. I think Maine is on the threshold of turning around its economy, and I want to be part of that process.
4 terms Maine House of Representatives: 119th Maine Legislature, 1999-2000; 120th, 2001-2002; 121st, 2003-2004; 122nd, 2005-2006. 2 terms Maine Senate: 125th, 2011-2012; 126th, 2013-2014.
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
I would vote yes for the expansion only if the federal government pays for the total cost of the expansion and for all future years.
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 an annual review of each recipient's status would be very important,but the most important issue is to get people off the welfare rolls by job training, thus enabling people to get their self-pride back and be self-sustaining .
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?The minimum wage is too low, and needs to be increased to a level that is competitive with other New England states.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?Marijuana is nothing more then a threshold drug to people using opiate drugs, I would not vote in favor of legalizing marijuana.