For Immediate Release
AUGUSTA - State Representative Robert Nutting (R-Oakland) has released the results of his annual survey and his constituents have made it clear that they want pro-growth reforms and a stop to runaway state spending. Rep. Nutting mailed questionnaires to each household in his districtHouse District 78which includes Sidney and part of Oakland.
"I always make a point to talk to my neighbors when I see them in the grocery store or at the gas station, but the survey gives me a chance to see what's on the minds of a wide sample of folks all at once," said Rep. Nutting. "It's an invaluable tool that helps me to better represent the people of Sidney and Oakland at the State House."
When asked, "Do you believe the state's financial problems are caused by too much spending or not enough revenue?" a full 79.4 percent of respondents said spending is the problem, while only 20.6 percent blamed recurrent budget gaps on Maine's tax levels, which currently rank sixth-highest in the nation.
Last year, Democrats opposed a measure to allow military recruiters to wear their uniforms in Maine's public high schools, a problem brought to the attention of Governor Paul LePage by Maine National Guard recruiters. Respondents to Rep. Nutting's survey believed overwhelminglyby a margin of 95.9 to 4.1 percentthat recruiters should be allowed to wear their military uniforms in Maine schools.
When asked whether they approved of the bill to expand Medicaid by attaching it to the Governor's Medicaid debt payment bill, 65.1 percent replied in the negative. Similarly, 68.2 percent stated that they are opposed to establishing a single-payer health care system in Maine.
Respondents were also skeptical of Maine's "clean elections" government-funded campaign scheme, with 87.9 percent opposed to increasing its funding.
Oakland and Sidney residents also felt strongly about an economic reform that has been implemented in roughly half of the statesmost recently in Michigan and Indianaand is generating more jobs and faster wage growth where it is enacted. When asked, "Would you support 'Right to Work' legislation in Maine, which would prevent unions from forcing workers to pay dues if they don't want to be a member?" an overwhelming 80.4 percent of respondents replied "yes."
"The results of this survey tell me that people in Oakland and Sidney want more fiscal responsibility and reforms that shake up the status quo of Maine's economy," said Rep. Nutting. "I will continue to fight hard to bring those changes to Augusta."
Rep. Nutting served in 2011 and 2012 as the 100th Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives while Republicans held the majority for the first time in 40 years.
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