2014 maine elections
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2014 maine elections
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Terrence L Magee, Republican

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Office Sought: Representative - District 115

Age: 57

Occupation: Special Education Teacher

Education:

Nassau Community College

SUNY Oneonta

SUNY Old Westbury- B.S. Psychology

U. Maine Farmington- Post graduate classes for teaching certification

Family:

Married

Hometown: Bryant Pond

Why are you running for office? The short answer is, I got tired of yelling at my television and decided I should do something. The longer answer is that we seem to have entered the Age of Entitlement. There is the presumption that government will guarantee happiness and prosperity regardless of individual effort, that merely by existing we have a right, not to the pursuit of happiness, but happiness itself. Recently there has been some question over whether the state of Maine should have to provide general assistance money to people who are in the United States illegally and are not legal residents of Maine. None of us want to see someone go hungry or to spend a cold winter night on the streets; however, no one wants to be forced to pay for a person who has decided the immigration laws do not apply to them, snuck into the country without sufficient means of support, and is now demanding to be taken care of. Although it may sound harsh, we did not ask these people to come here and I do not believe we have any obligation as a society to support them when decent jobs are scarce and most of us have a hard enough time supporting our own families. Of course, if an individual decides to house and feed someone or donate to a charity that will do it, then they should do so. It is unconsionable that we be required to support people who have no lawful reason to be here.

Poltical Experience:

This is my first campaign for state office.

My community activities include: Jefferson Lodge- Free and Accepted Masons; Woodstock Roundtable- Chairman; Maine Performing Arts and Humanities- Board of Directors & Treasurer Franklin Grange; Child Health Center- Board of Directors & Chairman of the Personnel Committee; Maine School Administration District #44- Board of Directors & Education Committee (Chairman), Negotiations Committee; Cub Scout Pack #133- Pack Master & Den Leader; Central Maine Human Resource Association

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 health care law has offered to pay states to expand their Medicaid programs to provide health coverage to low income Mainers." The federal government, that after spending hundreds of millions of dollars on a website that still doesn't work and daily shows it's disregard for commitments and the law, offers (not promises) to pay states to expand Medicaid; what could possibly go wrong?

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?Much has been made lately about the reining in of Maine’s generous assistance policies. Many of the people receiving assistance in one form or another claim they cannot work and therefore should be supported by the government without any requirement to even make an attempt to find employment. It’s almost guaranteed that everybody will have some tough times and need help to get through, those who have not prepared themselves for this possibility will most likely rely on the government. By many people, the government is looked upon as a great, endless font of “free” money. Of course, all of this largess has to be funded somehow and, unfortunately, the greatest part of this burden falls on the people who get up each morning, go to work, and then take home only about two thirds of what they are paid as the government takes the rest. By returning assistance to local control and independent charities each town or organization (or individual) could decide whether they have enough spare cash to support someone and either take them in or contribute to someone who will, or, knowing the person as a resident of the town, they could decide this isn’t a good use of their taxes. Taxpayers should be directly involved in this decision. It’s their money.

Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No

Please explain your position on the minimum wage.The minimum wage is a chimera. Given 1938 (the year the minimum wage was created, as a benchmark, the dollar has lost 95% of it's comparative buying power. The most commonly cited reason for raising the minimum wage is "A rising tide lifts all boats", unfortunately one of those boats is inflation. Raising the minimum wage results in an artificial increase in the cost to do business (i.e., manufacturing, sales, etc.). In order to maintain operating capital and a reasonable profit margin a business then has to raise prices and the "benefit" of an increase in the minimum wage is thereby erased.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?I might consider changing my position if those restrictions proposed for firearms purchasing and ownership will be applied to marijuana (e.g., waiting periods, background checks, government registration of all sales, no private sales, government data base or purchasers and dealers, etc.)