Anne Haskell’s Questionnaire

Your name:   Anne M. Haskell
Your social media sites:
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1. Are you a clean election candidate? Y/N* *If not, why?


If you are an incumbent, how did you vote on the re-qualifying option to replace matching funds?  If you are a new candidate, how would you have voted?

In support of my D colleagues on the committee… in support

2. Would you vote for a non-binding resolution that expresses opposition to the Citizen United Supreme Court decision?


If there were a constitutional amendment designed to nullify the effects of the decision, would you vote for it?


3. Who are your top three donors?

A. State of Maine Clean Elections FUND

What level of campaign finance disclosure do you think is necessary?

Full disclosure is at the heart of Clean Elections

Do you believe it’s acceptable for candidates to accept money from PACs?

It should not be eliminated and accepting PAC money should be a personal decision.  I have decided not to, but given FULL DISCLOSURE, that is their choice.

4. What industries do you see bringing jobs to the state in the coming years?  Tourism needs to be supported.  Bio-tech clustering such as we have begin in the Portland area should be supported and encouraged. How can the state do a better job attracting and supporting these industries?

Messaging that Maine is indeed a great place to work, play and live.  Let’s stop the negative imaging.  We also need to continue to work on more affordable energy to remove a barrier to businesses.  What proposal to create jobs would you bring to the table that offers a fresh approach?  Let’s require all Maine grown farm Salmon to be GMO free and create a worldwide market.

5. What has the Occupy movement accomplished so far? Name 3 accomplishments.

A.  Defined the problem in a way that has not been seen before B.  Showed, particularly here in Portland, that civil discourse is alive and well  C.  separated the 1% from the 99%m great messaging  P.S. What is your tax rate or bracket? ___%

6. Do you support the following workers’ rights policies, Yes/No* *If no – why?

A) A mandate for paid sick days  

No:  This is one I discussed two years ago with the LYV;  this is a battle that we do not have the votes for; and the effort, time and investment should be focused on Single Payer Healthcare, supporting and enhancing ACA, so that if someone gets the time off they have an affordable healthcare provider they can go to.___

B) A living wage mandate   

I would love to think Maine would be in a position to mandate a living wage, but we have to stay laser-focused on moving the needle in the right direction, upward.  We need more jobs, better jobs, better healthcare, more money in the pockets of working Mainers before we stroke-out looking for bases-loaded home runs.

C) Worker’s right to organize a union  

Yes:  voted for this (Decoster Egg Farm bill)

P.S. What dollar amount do you think is a living wage? $_16.00 hr._______

7. Would you support legislation that enables municipalities to tax big box stores?

How about a local option sales tax? Yes, I support.

8. Do you support bonds as a means of funding Maine’s infrastructure and other investments in the state’s future? Yes/No*  *If no – why? 


9. Maine has the second highest student loan debt in the country. What would you do to alleviate the problem of excessive student loan debt?  

Needs to be more portable, less punitive, however, most student loan debt is federally controlled and they went a long way when they restricted the excessive profits of the intermediary holding companies.

10. Would you support increased funding for Maine’s public university and community college system?

Always have.

Equal Rights & Courage of Convictions

11. Will you vote for marriage equality on the Maine ballot? Yes/No*  *If no – why? 


Will you actively rather than passively support the initiative?

YES, have supported, contributed and co sponsored any piece of equality legislation I could.

12. What’s an example of an issue or policy on which you would not compromise despite constituent lack of support? Are you willing to be a one-term representative/senator because you chose not to compromise your principles?

Marriage and Choice:  no compromise

Conversely, what’s an example of an issue on which you would follow the lead of your constituents?   Gambling?

13. Do you believe that non-citizen immigrants living in Maine should have the same access to social services as American citizens?  

Yes, hunger is hunger, poverty is poverty.

14. What is the single most destructive change that has occurred in Augusta in the past two years?   

Reduction in MaineCare

15. Do you feel the need to take a proactive stance against the anti-choice agenda? How would you effectively frame your argument to religious women?

When it would make a difference, yes.

16. An increasing number of candidates are invoking religion as part of their campaign. Do you believe this is acceptable and do you plan to invoke religion in your own campaign?

The role of the state in the matter of marriage is simply one of recognizing it so the state can record it.  The state does not have to have a position for or against to record the union as solemnized by either private or public officials. If your church does not wish to solemnize such a union, that is their option.

Not as part of my campaign, however, I do have religious beliefs that inform my public policy positions (see question about immigrants, etc.)

Why or why not? What role should religion play in campaigns and in shaping public policy?

I am willing to discuss who I am, what I think, what I vote for, how I process decisions, and if my religious beliefs inform those things, I would not shy away from saying so.  It should be neither a required or a restricted topic.

Living off the Land & Government Authority  

17. What policies would you support that place more Maine-produced food on Maine tables?

Raw milk production and sales, farmers markets, Ag marketing loan program needs to be expanded and marketed.

18. Rank the top 5 energy sources that are the most viable options to combat man-made climate change, 1 being the best and 5 being the worst:

Nuclear _5__ Wind power __1_ Natural gas __2_ Solar power _1__ Off shore drilling _4__ Tidal energy _1__ Solar energy _1__ Other (please explain) _________

Do you support a mandate to promote the growth of these energy sources?

Mandates are rarely adequate, these energy sources need investment and support.

19. How do you envision the future of Maine’s north woods and the management of its unorganized territories?

While under great pressure, this is a resource worth fighting for and it will need to be front and center if there is to be any economic health in the northern and eastern parts of our state.

What should be the role of the Land Use Regulation Commission?  Given the current status of the LURC legislation, this remains to be seen.  County opt-out is disastrous, but local input is badly needed to protect the most important resources in LURC territories.

20. Maine spends more than $130 million each year on its prisons. The state’s jails and prisons are overcrowded, and its jails place an enormous financial burden on county governments. How would you reform the Maine corrections system?

I support the BOC and their work and direction as outlined in their last report to us.  Right now the prisons and jails in Maine are not overcrowded, there are pods that are not opened at several facilities, and crime is dropping.  Also, Maine incarcerates the fewest number of people per population in the country.  Maine’s juvenile justice implementation council just got a big grant to create detention alternatives.  County government spending on jails has been frozen since 2008 when we passed the consolidation legislation.  No county has paid more toward their support since then.  We have our challenges, to be sure, but the repurposing of several county jails (Kennebec as a CARA center, Waldo as a ReEntry Center, etc.) is a move in the right direction avoiding overbuilding which fuels the “build it and they will come” scenario.  Our needs in my opinion center around geriatric care, MH care, and evidence-based programming.  I will be glad to talk more about this with you during the interview.

Do you support private prisons as a solution?

NO.. and I voted against the current commissioner during his confirmation based on his background with CCA.  However, he has been far better than I expected from the outset.