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For Immediate Release

Date: 01/28/14

York County Survey: Residents Want Less Government Spending, More Freedom

Rep. Libby releases results of constituent survey of Waterboro, Lyman residents

AUGUSTA - State Representative Aaron Libby (R-Waterboro) has released the results of his annual constituent survey, which he mails to every household in Waterboro and part of Lyman. The results indicate a strong preference for reduced state government spending and more respect for personal freedoms among residents of the swing district.

"This survey gives me an opportunity to better represent my friends and neighbors in Waterboro and Lyman," said Rep. Libby. "I encourage everyone in my district to contact me with any questions, concerns, or ideas they may have about state government."

When asked whether the state's budget problems are caused by too much spending or not enough revenue, 75 percent of respondents said spending is the problem, while only 25 percent said "not enough revenue." Maine holds the sixth highest state and local tax burden in the nation per capita. The state deals annually with budget shortfalls caused by its Medicaid program, which has doubled as a share of the state budget since 1998.

Respondents were evenly divided㬮/50—on the issue of whether the state should fund a record expansion of the Medicaid program under ObamaCare. A large majority of 77 percent opposed the so-called "clean elections" law that funds political campaigns with taxpayer dollars.

Respondents showed a preference for personal freedoms, with 77 percent supporting 'Right to Work' legislation which would prevent unions from forcing workers to pay dues if they don't want to be a member. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private-sector job growth increased 6.4 percent in Right to Work states over the past decade and only 0.4 percent in forced-unionism states like Maine. Similarly, wages grew four times faster in Right to Work states over the past decade.

Another 91 percent of Waterboro and Lyman residents supported Rep. Libby's bill to stop sections of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) from being implemented in Maine. According to Rep. Libby, parts of the NDAA would compromise Mainers' rights to due process.

A comfortable majority of 63 percent of those surveyed favored the recent lifting of the statewide ban on consumer fireworks, letting municipalities regulate them—a measure supported by Rep. Libby.

Rep. Libby, 30, is a farmer who owns and operates a pick-your-own farm in Waterboro. A graduate of Massabesic High School, he also has experience working in loss prevention and construction. Rep. Libby has emerged as a leader in the libertarian wing of the Republican Party in Maine. He can be reached at aaronlibby@sacoriver.net or (207) 247-6461.

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