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Maine Currents 10/31/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Maine’s Ballot Question 1: Home Care for All or “Scam”?

Ballot Question 1 reads “Do you want to create the Universal Home Care Program to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income, funded by a new 3.8% tax on individuals and families with Maine wage and adjusted gross income above the amount subject to Social Security taxes, which is $128,400 in 2018?”.

Our guests today represent both sides of the issue: Mike Tipping is the Communications Director of Mainers for Home Care, the coaltion promoting Question 1. Jeff Austin is the Vice President of the Maine Hospital Association (MHA). MHA is a member of a coalition of home care, health care and business groups that are opposed to Question 1, and are behind the “Stop the Scam” campaign. We open the phone lines for listener’s questions.


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Maine Currents 9/7/16

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Our multi-partisan panel of area residents returns to debate Question 1 on Maine’s ballot this November (“Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”).

Panelists: Renee Trust, Dave Gulya, Betsy Garrold and Tim Wilson talk about the issue with proponent Alysia Melnick, Esq., Political Director for “Yes on 1 Yes to Regulate and Tax Marijuana in Maine”. Don Christen, found of the Maine Vocals, joins us to talk about why some supporters of marijuana legalization do not support Question 1. Listeners call in and join the discussion.