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.”
Legal. Signed a bill allowing physician assistants and advance practice registered nurses perform abortions, in addition to physicians. Signed an order protecting women from other states receiving abortion care in Maine.
Mostly no. Placed a moratorium on wind energy development. Says nuclear and hydropower are the answer to climate change, and not buying Chinese products made with fossil fuels. Supports ending state solar power subsidies.
Yes. Initiated a 4-year Climate Plan for carbon reduction and renewable energy, and a Jobs & Recovery Plan with clean energy provisions. Signed an executive order that would make Maine carbon neutral by 2045.
Signed a bill integrating “African American Studies and the History of Genocide” into the state education system.
Loosen. Lobbied for offshore drilling in Maine. Proposed bills to repeal environmental regulations and prevent local governments from banning toxic chemicals. Opposed “aggressive regulatory overreach” by the EPA.
Tighten. Signed bills ending disposal of out-of-state hazardous waste in state-owned landfills and spreading of sludge containing “forever chemicals.” Signed a budget with $40 million for new conservation, including wildlife protection.
No. As governor refused to implement voter-approved Medicaid expansion. For Medicaid, “will reinstate work rules. If you’re able-bodied, you need to go to work.” Would end a COVID vaccine requirement for health care professionals, and for children, “let them all have it” to get herd immunity.
Yes. Expedited Medicaid expansion. Signed comprehensive prescription drug reform. Funded training for health care workers and proposed spending $50 million to help sustain hospitals and nursing homes. Supported a “Patient Bill of Rights” to require insurance companies to cover COVID testing and vaccination.
In 2014 sought to limit aid to asylum seekers. In 2015 said illegal immigrants were driving infectious disease cases. In 2016 ended Maine’s cooperation with a federal refugee program. In 2017 supported ending DACA. In 2022 said he welcomes refugees, supports legal immigration.
No position found on use of force. “Maine’s law enforcement officers…always have our backs—as Maine’s next Governor—I’ll always have their backs.”
Yes. Cosponsored a bill expanding Maine’s student debt relief program. Supports student debt relief to attract “talented young people.”
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.
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.
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