Kim Talbot, RepublicanFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 54
Occupation: Self Employed
Fort Fairfield High School
Northern Maine Community College, Associate Degree
University of Maine Augusta
I have been married for 28 years. My husband, Dean, and I have raised two children, Tegan and Alden. Tegan recently graduated from the University of Southern Maine and Alden is a Junior at University of Maine Orono.
Why are you running for office? The Welfare issue was the impetus for me running. I grew up on welfare and viewed it as a way out not a way of life. I believe government has failed the people of Maine, and I want to work to help people out of poverty and give them an opportunity to improve their life.
I have been part of campaign committees and petition drives.
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
Medicaid expansion does not provide services to help people out of the welfare program. I believe in a hand up not in a hand out. Also it is my understanding it will cost the State of Maine in upwards of $50 million just to administer this new 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?Helping people who are able to work get job training and employment.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Most employers that pay minimum wage employ high school students. At least in southern Maine, most young adults who are hired in seasonal or even part-time positions receive higher wages than the current minimum. Northern Maine is a different story and that is why I feel we need to look at this issue more extensively before making a decision.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I am not in favor because of the challenges Colorado has had in legalizing marijuana.