Tyler Kinney, RepublicanFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 27
Occupation: University Student
Dexter Regional High School, graduated in 2010;
Husson University, attended 2010-2012, transferred in the Spring of 2012;
University of Southern Maine attending from Fall 2012- current
Single, no children, no spouse.
Why are you running for office? I think that our representatives in Augusta are not representing the voters. We need to find candidates who are willing to work for their constituents without having to vote along their political party. As a representative I will listen, speak, and vote on the behalf of Gorham and Scarborough residents. To do this, I will work across the aisle, not because other legislators are representing their own districts but because the laws are created for everyone across Maine.
I have no political experience to speak of, although, I am majoring in Political Science at the University of Southern Maine.
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
Firstly, Maine had already expanded the Medicaid program. Secondly, the Federal government would supply additional funds, however, there might be hidden costs to the taxpayers. Thirdly, I believe that Maine will keep providing for the taxpayers without having to rely on Federal money.
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?Other
What, if anything, would you change about welfare?I don't necessarily think that they are too generous but there is fraud within the system. We need to make sure that the laws that are implemented have no "loop holes" to cut down the fraudulent activity. If the legislature reduces fraud, the "extra" money can go to needy families that need it most.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?Other
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.I think that it is up to the companies to raise the wages for their workers. If the State raises the minimum wage, it could put some workers out on the streets. On the flip side, if the worker is not getting a minimum wage increase from their employer, then they have the opportunity to find another job that pays better.
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?The idea may sound excellent; having more taxes coming in to our state and to stipulate the price to buy it. However, the data shows that marijuana is costly to higher brain functions. Not only that but, if the State did legalize marijuana, it is still illegal according to our Federal laws. Our law enforcement officials cannot "pick and choose" which laws they can or cannot enforce, they have to enforce every law.