Wayne R Parry, Republicanhttp://www.wayneparry.comFacebook
Office Sought: Representative - District 10
Graduated from Windham High School Windham, ME in 1981
Married, no children
Hometown: Current town - Arundel; Home town - Windham
Why are you running for office? As someone that has lived in Maine my whole live, I believe we are losing "Maine" . As a lobsterman, I bring a working persons, along with a small business owners perspective to Augusta, with common sense. We have way to many professional politicians in Augusta and I believe I bring the balance to that. Nothing against lawyers, teachers, and political activist, but I think we have plenty of them in Augusta. It's time to have more working people and people that actually employ Mainers representing us.
I was elected to the 125th legislature 2011-12 where I served on the Transportation Committee and the Marine Resources Committee. I was elected to the 126th legislature 2013-14 where I served on the Transportation Committee as the Republican Lead. I also served on the Marine Resources Committee. I was also selected to be the Republican Lead on the Reapportionment Commission in 2013. I was also selected to be on the Ocean Acidification Commission in 2014.
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
We already expanded back in the early 2000's. We currently cover about 320,000 of our 1.3 million population. This expansion will bring that total to about 400,000. How do we cover that many with a workforce of about 650,000. We just paid off the hospital debt of $750 million, which was caused by us expanding last time. This coverage is not free, other states that have expanded are already seeing their state cost skyrocket. We were so generous with who we gave MaineCare too, we did not save it for the truly needy. Something I would support is making sure our most vulnerable have coverage and those that can take care of themselves, do.
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?Healthy, single, without children in their 20's, 30's, or 40's should not be getting welfare. Also welfare benefit should be a tier system so someone does not loose all benefits if they start working or take a part time job.
Do you support raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.50 an hour?No
Please explain your position on the minimum wage.Most minimum wage jobs are children or unskilled workers with no experience. Minimum wage jobs are not ment to support a family on, these are first jobs for kids or part time. From a business perspective think of it this way, pretend you own a business and you have 15 employees, 5 are at the minimum of $7.50/hr, 5 are at $10.00/hr, and 5 are at $12.50/hr--- What happens when government tells you to raise the minimum to $10/hr?? You are forced to raise all your workers up not just the minimum wage ones. Where is the money for that going to come from? You either have to raise prices which in this economy would not happen or cut back on workers, so how does it help workers if you lay off one or more of those minimum wage workers that the government told you to pay more??
Would you support legalization of marijuana?No
Please explain your position on legalization?I support medical marijuana, but allowing a drug to become legal will only have more users. And how will we handle young children going to school smelling like pot?