Peter Stuckey’s Questionnaire
Your name: Peter Stuckey
Money & Government
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? yes If you are a new candidate, how would you have voted?
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?
I’m a Clean Elections candidate. my mother Madeline – $100 seed money my sister-in-law Jean – $100 seed money my brother Mark – $100 seed money
What level of campaign finance disclosure do you think is necessary?
Do you believe it’s acceptable for candidates to accept money from PACs?
I think it’s not right, as a Clean Elections Candidate, to accept money from PACs. I think it’s impossible in this day and age to keep money out of politics. The best we can do is to insist upon transparency and full disclosure by all candidates and all PACs.
4. What industries do you see bringing jobs to the state in the coming years? How can the state do a better job attracting and supporting these industries? What proposal to create jobs would you bring to the table that offers a fresh approach?
1. An aggressive program, supported by tax credits, to weatherize our housing stock and business/manufacturing facilities would create good jobs, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and save us all money. 2. Bonds to maintain and improve our roads and bridges would create good jobs, and improve the transportation infrastructure we need to support our existing businesses, and attract new ones. 3. Bonds to support research and development and job training initiatives.
5. What has the Occupy movement accomplished so far? Name 3 accomplishments.
A. Public stand against the establishment’s class warfare…changing the focus from the deficit to tax fairness ( the 1% must pay their fair share!)
B. Brought protest back into the public square
C. “Move Your Money”
P.S. What is your tax rate or bracket? _i don’t know__%
6. Do you support the following workers’ rights policies, Yes/No* *If no – why?
A) A mandate for paid sick days ___yes
B) A living wage mandate ___yes
C) Worker’s right to organize a union ___yes
P.S. What dollar amount do you think is a living wage? $________ This is a complicated question. It depends on your family size and where you live. In Portland, it’s about $10/hr for a single person and about $30/hr for a family of four. In any case, it’s way above the minimum wage. So in many cases, wages from work need to be augmented with TANF, and/or subsidized health insurance, and/or a housing voucher, and/or food supplements (like WIC or SNAP).
7. Would you support legislation that enables municipalities to tax big box stores?
Yes We had good legislation, “The Informed Growth Act,” proposed last year that would have required economic impact studies on businesses over a certain size, but it was wickedly watered down .
How about a local option sales tax?
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?
We should continue/expand loan forgiveness through tax credits for folks who stay and work in Maine. Also, we can keep in state tuition down by properly funding higher education.
10. Would you support increased funding for Maine’s public university and community college system?
Yes, and I also am anxious to see both systems work aggressively to improve articulation agreements and student access to all of our higher education institutions.
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?
12. What’s an example of an issue or policy on which you would not compromise despite constituent lack of support?
I will never support a state budget that shreds our social safety net and demonizes poor and other disenfranchised folks, or that stomps on workers and their rights and breaks faith with our teachers and state employees while touting deceptive tax policy that gives obscenely big breaks to the most wealthy while giving the lowest income workers cuts so small they won’t cover the reductions to the circuit breaker rebate, let alone the increased burden that state program cuts will have on local property taxes.
Are you willing to be a one-term representative/senator because you chose not to compromise your principles
Conversely, what’s an example of an issue on which you would follow the lead of your constituents?
13. Do you believe that non-citizen immigrants living in Maine should have the same access to social services as American citizens?
14. What is the single most destructive change that has occurred in Augusta in the past two years?
The election of LePage and the Republican majorities in the House and Senate has made it possible for groups like the Maine Heritage Policy Center and their Tea Party allies to advance an egregious attack on our civil society, demonizing poor and other disenfranchised folks, organized working people, and anyone else who might have a different point of view. For the current majority, it is clearly “my way, or the highway.”
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?
I definitely take a proactive stance against the anti-choice agenda which is really now the anti-women agenda. I would frame my argument to “religious women” the same as I would to anyone, coming from me, a “religious man.”
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? Why or why not? What role should religion play in campaigns and in shaping public policy?
Religion is a personal and private matter.
Living off the Land & Government Authority
17. What policies would you support that place more Maine-produced food on Maine tables?
I support allowing the EBT card to be used at farmers’ markets (WIC and SNAP), and helping the markets to acquire the necessary equipment to make it happen. I would also like to see federal Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Free & Reduce School Lunch Program support for locally produced products. We also need sensible policies that balance the need to provide public protections with the costs of providing them.
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 ___ Wind power _3__ Natural gas _5__ Solar power _2__ Off shore drilling ___ Tidal energy _4__ Solar energy ___ Other (please explain) ____1_____ reduced consumption by weatherization and higher efficiency furnaces, water heaters and other appliances
Do you support a mandate to promote the growth of these energy sources? yes
19. How do you envision the future of Maine’s north woods and the management of its unorganized territories? I support the proposed improvements to LURC.
What should be the role of the Land Use Regulation Commission?
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? Do you support private prisons as a solution?
I am vehemently opposed to private prisons. We could reduce prison costs dramatically if we did a better job of caring for and supporting folks with substance abuse problems and folks with severe and persistent mental illness. Because we don’t, we spend way more money on our jails, emergency rooms and homeless shelters. We could also greatly reduce our prison costs by legalizing marijuana.