Susan M Walsh, RepublicanFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 133
Occupation: Self-Employed Business Consultant
B.S. in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Married to Sean, an instructor at Maine Maritime Academy
Daughter Sydney, 12
Son Grady, 10
Hometown: Blue Hill
Why are you running for office? I think Maine has been going in the wrong direction which has created a crisis throughout the state. We consistenty find ourselves at the top of every negative list and on the bottom of the positive ones. I felt it was time for me to stop complaining and become part of the solution. I hope to bring private-sector business practices to the management of state government and move Maine in a more positive direction.
Blue Hill Planning Board, 2012 to 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?No
Although I am not unsympathetic to the need, I cannot support expansion of the program until we are able to afford the program at the current level. Two things need to happen: 1) We need to fix the system and reach a level of sustainability which allows us to pay all of our providers the full amount and on time and 2) We should wait to determine what the real need is once everyone who is eligible uner the Affordable Care Act is enrolled. Only then will I consider expansion.
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?We need to tighten up eligibility requirements, including residency requirements, and hold people who are able accountable for trying to help themselves so that we have the resources available to help those most in need - children, the elderly, and the physically and mentally disabled.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.We hear a lot about the minimum wage not being a "liveable" wage. The minimum wage, in my opinion, was never intended to be a liveable wage but the entry to the workforce for unskilled labor. Raising the minimum wage would have a ripple effect causing increases in goods and services across the board and the new wage would very quickly become the new poverty level. It's a never-ending cycle.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?One need only look to Colorado and the challenges they are facing since legalizing marijuana. I say we let them work out the problems then use their model as a guide. We can't afford to take the lead on this.