Issues

Moving Maine Forward – Putting People First

As your legislator, my goals have not changed since the day you first elected me. I seek to work with commitment, compassion and common sense to protect and improve our future. I am working hard to ensure:

1. Jobs, Jobs, Jobspollenation
Investing in businesses, innovation and Maine’s future workforce
· Focus on small, family-owned businesses
· Build on the unique skills, resources and heritage of our region
· Support education to prepare Maine’s future citizens, workers, and leaders

2. Affordable Health Care
Increasing access to quality health care for every Mainer
· Incentivize primary, preventive care and healthy behaviors
· Protect Mainers from greed and profit-taking in our health system
· Move toward universal coverage & collective buying power

3. Responsible Fiscal Management
Recovering from the recession without mortgaging the future
· Fix the leaky roof: Cut costs only where long-term savings will result
· Continue to balance the budget and keep debt service below 5% of overall spending
· Invest in education and local food and energy to keep our dollars and workers here in Maine

4. Strong Families and Communities
Protecting consumers, workers and families
· Guarantee public health and basic consumer protections
· Ensure full and equal rights and treatment under law
· Educate and empower our most vulnerable citizens

5. A Healthy Natural Heritage
Preserving quality of life and access to healthy woods and clean waters
· Minimize the contamination of our air, soil and waters
· Reward corporate and residential stewardship of shared resources
· Ensure sustainable access to conservation land