Ralph L Tucker, Democrathttp://www.tuckerforhouse.comFacebook Twitter
Office Sought: Representative - District 50
Occupation: Retired Judge
Hobart College, BA 1969;
U. Maine School of Law, JD 1974
Married to Nancy Eaton Tucker in 1971 and we have 3 children Ben age 40; Abe age 37; and Ruth age 34
Why are you running for office? My motivation for running is to help protect and improve the health, education, safety and welfare of all Mainers, especially that of our children, our disabled and our older folks.
Brunswick School Board 1995 -2000 (Chair 2 years); Brunswick Town Council 2005
Non-elected, but related public service:
Maine Workers Compensation Commission 1981-1992 (Appointed Chair by Gov. Brennan 1985 and again by Gov. McKernan in 1990) Maine District Court Judge 2005-2012
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
Maine's economy is losing $329,109,036 per year or $901,668.59 per day in medical payments to boost our town and city economies. A healthy population and work force is essential to our economic recovery. Health care should be a basic moral right to protect our middle class and our democracy. Our country has tremendous wealth and can easily afford universal health care, as can most other developed countries.
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?No
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?The amount spent on support for people in financial trouble is small compared to the entire budget. The publicity about malingerers and cheats is deliberately exaggerated for political purposes during campaign season to appeal to our baser emotions, and distract us from more fundamental problems of economic inequality and unfairness.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Yes
By how much?Our economy needs a boost, and higher wages will be spent here in Maine. There is little proof that a higher minimum wage eliminates jobs. The minimum wage has not been raised in a long time, although household costs have risen considerably. Current laws and economic policies have allowed an unprecedented and extraordinary shift in America's wealth and income from ordinary wage earners to a very small group of undeserving wealthy -- America can afford to pay its workers and middle class a living wage.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?Other
Please explain your position on legalization?Possession of small amounts of marijuana has already been decriminalized. Maine is experimenting with regulating marijuana production and distribution for medical purposes. Marijuana is a drug. Other states are experimenting with allowing recreational use of marijuana. The state should move carefully on this issue to avoid profiteering; and increased drug abuse, especially among children.