2022 Maine Governor Candidate Guide

Paul LePage (R) vs Janet Mills (D)

Governor | Election | Nov 8, 2022

The Candidates

Paul LePage

Paul LePage

Republican

Janet Mills

Janet Mills

Democrat

Incumbent

The Issues

Abortion

Ban or legal?

Paul LePage (R)

Likely ban. In 2016 at a Right-to-Life rally said “We should not have abortion.” After Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade said “I don’t know” if he supports 6- or 15-week abortion bans; “I don’t have time for abortion…abortion affects few Mainers.”

Climate Change

Should climate change be a top priority? Tax or limit the output of greenhouse gases, or support renewable energy?

Environment

Loosen or tighten environmental regulations?

Gun Laws

Pass less or more restrictive legislation on guns?

Paul LePage (R)

Less. As governor, opposed universal background checks and signed a bill allowing permitless concealed carry.

Janet Mills (D)

Mostly more. Signed a “yellow flag law” letting police take guns from people deemed by a court to be a threat, after medical assessment. Signed a bill subsidizing voluntary safe gun storage. Was noncommittal on private sale background checks.

Health Care

Increase government role in health care, such as expanding Medicaid, limiting drug prices, or promoting COVID safety?

Labor

Make it easier or harder for unions to organize?

Paul LePage (R)

Harder. Has supported “right-to-work” laws, which allow employees in a unionized workplace to not pay union fees for collective bargaining.

Minimum Wage

Keep or raise the state minimum from $12.75 per hour? If raise, how much?

Paul LePage (R)

No. Opposed efforts to raise the wage in 2013, in 2016, in 2017, and in 2018.

Student Financial Aid

Support lowering interest on student loans or forgiving them?

Taxes

Should corporations and wealthier individuals pay less or more taxes?

Paul LePage (R)

Less. In 2015 proposed to lower the corporate tax rate from 8.93% to 6.75%, and eliminate the estate tax, funding the cuts with an increase in the state sales tax. He renewed that call in 2021.

Janet Mills (D)

Maintain current tax levels. Pledged not to raise taxes in her first two-year budget and opposed a legislative move to raise taxes on high earners.

Voting Rules

Support tightened restrictions on such voting rules as absentee and early voting, and voter ID?

We only include candidates polling 15% or more. But check out others, including Sam Hunkler (I).

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