State of Maine secondary Archives: on Families & Children


Zak Ringelstein: Commit to fully funding disability programs

America has made progress with people with disabilities through legislation like the Americans With Disabilities Act, but it isn't enough. With 80% of Americans with disabilities unemployed, it is our obligation to re-envision an America where people with disabilities thrive as members of a community with jobs. With funds drying up for housing, care, and services, we must commit to fully funding programs at the Department of Health and Human Services so that we can value every life equally.
Source: 2018 Me. Senate campaign website, RingelsteinForMaine.com Jun 26, 2018

Zak Ringelstein: Families are the backbones to society and need full support

Families are the backbones of our schools and our communities. We must give families every support possible to ensure we can stay together, be healthy, eat meals together, celebrate each other's joys, and raise up citizens who contribute to American progress. We need to provide top-notch healthcare, better education, and be more supportive with family leave policies and childcare subsidies.˙
Source: 2018 Me. Senate campaign website, RingelsteinForMaine.com Jun 26, 2018

Paul LePage: Focus on services for children, not on expanding welfare

Maine's welfare expansion resulted in $750 million of hospital debt. We just paid it off. Some want to repeat that mistake. Look at the facts. Welfare expansion will cost Mainers at least $800 million over the next decade. It will cost Maine taxpayers over $150 million in the next three years. Maine's current welfare system is failing:Thousands of our most vulnerable citizens are on waitlists for services. They need your compassion.

Michael Levasseur of Carmel has autism and needs care 24/7. Michael is here tonight with his parents. With services, Michael could get a job coach, assisted-living accommodations and participate in a day program. Maine lawmakers must address these waiting lists.

We must set priorities on who will get services with our limited resources. Adding another 100,000 people to our broken welfare system is insanity. It is unaffordable. It is fiscally irresponsible.

Source: 2014 State of the State speech to Me. legislature Feb 4, 2014

Angus King: Best state to raise children; model for America’s Promise

Maine is now generally considered one of the best states in the country in which to raise a child. Just today, I received a letter from Colin Powell informing us that we have been chosen by America’s Promise as one of three model states in the nation for our work on behalf of children. Powell stated that “a great deal of your work represents best practices” that other states can follow. I am tonight accepting Powell’s offer - and Maine will be among the first states to make manifest America’s Promise.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Me. legislature Jan 24, 2001

  • The above quotations are from State of Maine Politicians: secondary Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Families & Children.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2020 Presidential contenders on Families & Children:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
Republicans running for President:
Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Jan 26, 2021