2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
2014 maine elections
Voters Guide
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Harrison Thorp, Republican

http://harrisonforrepseat20.comFacebook

Office Sought: Representative - District 20

Age: 62

Occupation: journalist

Education:

Iowa Wesleyan College, graduated 1987, with a BA in English w/teaching certificate

Family:

Single, two sons, ages 29, 27 and an 18-year-old daughter.

Hometown: Lebanon

Why are you running for office? I am running for office as a write-in candidate because I want to work to end the gridlock in Augusta. I believe my opponents are both too extreme to reach across the aisle to pass bipartisan legislation to reform welfare, create a healthy economic climate for small and mid-sized business and root out wasteful government spending. I believe we need to install more incentives that will encourage welfare recipients to enter the workforce. Too often they are placed in a position where if they get a job or increase job hours they are faced with losing benefits. I will work with both parties to find strategies that will encourage welfare recipients to enter the workforce and achieve the American dream. At the same time, I will fight to end welfare abuses and fraud, including cessation of benefits for felony convictions and drug testing for welfare recipients convicted of drug charges. I also want to encourage the use of enterprise zones along the Route 202 corridor to attract clean industry and create jobs as well as reduce bureaucratic red tape that hurts small businesses, which we need to fuel any economic rebound. I also believe in right to work, which will encourage more full-time, good-paying jobs in Acton, Lebanon and Shapleigh. I classify myself as a moderate Republican, who is a fiscal conservative, yet social moderate. I support our 2nd amendment rights, a woman’s right to choose and same-sex marriage. I reject Common Core and support labeling of all GMOs.

Poltical Experience:

I was elected to the SAD 60 school board in 1996.

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

While the federal government has offered to pay for expansion, that means our own personal taxes will go up so they can pay the cost. Remember federal dollars are OUR dollars. I believe giving MaineCare to thousands more Mainers would cripple our ability to financially assist elderly Mainers trying to stay in their homes. Our seniors should be our primary focus, not young able-bodied Mainers, who would fill the roles if MaineCare is expanded.

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 believe we need to install more incentives that will encourage welfare recipients to enter the workforce. Too often they are placed in a position where if they get a job or increase job hours they are faced with losing benefits. I will work with both parties to find strategies that will encourage welfare recipients to enter the workforce and achieve the American dream. At the same time, I will fight to end welfare abuses and fraud, including cessation of benefits for felony convictions and drug testing for welfare recipients convicted of drug charges.

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

Please explain your position on the minimum wage.If you raise the minimum wage, the cost of higher wages will be passed on to the consumer hurting our most needy families. It will increase inflationary pressure in an economy on a slow rebound from the recession of 2008. And it will cause unemployment to go up, because many companies will let go workers they can no longer afford.

Would you support legalization of marijuana?No

Please explain your position on legalization?While I believe in medical marijuana, I think across-the-board legalization would send the wrong message to our youth. It would increase recreational usage among junior high and high school students whose minds need to be sharp and clear as they prepare for college, the military or workforce. I believe somewhere down the road it will possibly be legalized, but I'm not ready to vote for that now.