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For Immediate Release

Date: 11/08/13

Constituent Survey: Scarborough Wants State to Control Spending, Reform Welfare, Attract Jobs

Rep. Heather Sirocki releases annual survey of constituents

AUGUSTA - State Representative Heather Sirocki (R-Scarborough) recently released the results of her annual constituent survey, which she mails to each household in her Scarborough district. The nine-question, multiple-choice survey with space for comments asked residents for their views on various issues relating to state policy.

"I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to fill out and return these questionnaires," said Rep. Sirocki. "They give me a very good idea of where my neighbors stand on the most important issues facing our state so that I can better represent them in Augusta."

When asked, "what do you consider to be the most critical issues concerning Maine citizens," and given 12 choices, respondents ranked controlling state spending and balancing the budget as their top priority. Welfare reform and job or business attraction tied for second place. Other priorities included education, health insurance, tax reform, and more.

"We encourage you strongly to stand for less government regulations and support efforts to pay our bills," wrote one survey respondent on the back of the survey.

Scarborough residents overwhelmingly supported pro-growth economic reforms, with 86 percent saying they would support a "Right to Work" law in Maine to guarantee the right of employees to decide whether or not to financially support a union. When asked whether they support Maine simplifying its tax code and lowering taxes to move in the direction of New Hampshire's zero percent sales and income taxes, 77 percent responded "yes."

"All of the 'non' taxing states are doing very well and growing money in the treasury; it works," commented another resident.

A full 69 percent opposed the law that hands out taxpayer money to political candidates to run their campaigns, 82 percent supported allowing the sale of raw milk, and 97 percent said that military recruiters should be allowed to wear their uniforms while visiting public high schools.

When it came to bonds, the most popular were transportation-related, while some of the least popular were those dedicated to wastewater treatment and research and development.

"I will continue to fight for commonsense reforms that move Maine in a different course than it's been on for the past several decades," added Rep. Sirocki. "Maine must start to budget responsibly, tighten up our welfare system, and fight for policies that bring Mainers bigger paychecks and more of them."

One respondent wrote, "We appreciate the hard work that you are doing and look forward to more progress!"

Rep. Sirocki can be reached at RepHeather.Sirocki@Legislature.Maine.gov.

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