Shawn Moody on the Issues

To learn more about Shawn's priorities and positions on the issues, please click on the topics below.  

CREATING GOOD PAYING JOBS & GROWING OUR ECONOMY

As the only candidate in this race with over 40 years of executive experience creating jobs and growing Maine's economy, I know what it takes to grow our economy and make sure that all of Maine shares in the economic success of our state.

  • Perform a comprehensive review of all government red tape with the goal of increasing speed of permitting, reducing fees, and eliminating duplication.

  • Create a jobs “customer service hotline” so that potential job creators and Maine businesses looking to expand can get immediate responses from state government, through a single point of contact.

  • Structure a Governor’s Initiative on Regulatory Reform with existing staff to address red tape.

  • Conduct entry and exit interviews with businesses both moving to Maine and those leaving so we can address what is working well with, and what is inhibiting, job and economic growth.

  • Focus on recruiting, and retaining, businesses which pay strong, competitive wages.

  • Lower heating costs for Maine families and job creators by promoting programs to reduce our dependency on oil, including heat pumps, weatherization and wood pellets.

  • Lower electricity costs for Maine families and job creators by focusing on cost-effective renewable energy sources that protect our environment, and making Maine a leader in renewable energy storage.

  • Create a leadership team with top business and community leaders around Maine to identify young Mainers who have left Maine, and try to recruit them to move home and add to our workforce.

  • Create an outreach campaign to target guidance counselors and parents of children in our school systems to ensure they know there is opportunity for upward mobility in Maine, especially within our trades and community college system.

  • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan to fund improvements in our roads and bridges in a responsible manner by reducing and eliminating duplication across state government.

  • Develop a comprehensive marketing strategy to revitalize Maine's rural economy, highlighting outdoor recreation and our heritage industries like forestry, fishing and farming.


FIGHTING GOVERNMENT WASTE & LOWERING TAXES

  • Protect the rainy day savings fund Governor LePage worked so hard to build.

  • Force fiscal responsibility on Maine government by working on “Tight N’Up” spending proposal.

  • Impose budget quality controls to tie performance to a department’s spending authority.

  • Work for the reduction of the Maine income tax to protect families and make Maine competitive with other U.S. states.

  • Incentivize regionalization of local municipal services to provide property tax relief for Mainers, while increasing transparency so the Maine people really know where their dollars are being spent.

  • Review each department within state government to ensure the department is within the scope of its mission and to prevent the growth of government through mission creeping.

  • Encourage property tax relief by Incentivizing communities and school systems to collaborate and regionalize through competitive grants from state government that reward out-of-the-box ideas and innovation.

  • Increase transparency so people know where their local towns and schools are spending their money through an interactive dashboard that displays local spending.


LOWERING HEALTHCARE COSTS AND PROTECTING CARE

  • Work to bring back successful Maine reforms, overridden by Washington, that increase competition, allow the purchase of health insurance across state lines and lower costs for Maine people.

  • Provide transparency so customers can compare prices between Maine hospitals for non-emergency services and treatments.

  • Ensure those who receive government funded health care, if physically able; contribute something toward their own care to ensure costs are not just shifted onto other payers or taxpayers.

  • Encourage best practices to reduce medical supply waste which drives up costs.

  • Work to reduce frivolous lawsuits which dramatically increase insurance and healthcare costs.

  • Advocate for Maine’s hospitals to ensure they receive the reimbursements promised by Washington bureaucracies when they agree to provide services for Veterans, our Seniors, and families.

  • Fight to protect insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions to ensure they have access to affordable health insurance.

  • Work to find a solution to Maine's nursing home crisis to ensure that we have adequate resources available for our most vulnerable populations, including our elderly.

  • Prioritize money within the state budget to make sure we fund the waitlists for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities so they can access services.

  • Use technology to provide basic services for elderly, in their homes through virtual doctor's appointments for simple primary care and medication questions.

  • Work to lower the cost of prescription drug costs by providing greater access to generic drug alternatives that are often a fraction of the price.


CONTINUING WELFARE REFORM

  • Use state government to help promote the dignity that comes with a job, not just a government check, by connecting training and work availability with those who try entering the system, and performing a skills assessment when somebody applies for benefits.

  • Protect and encourage a strong fraud detection unit to improve enforcement against waste and fraud.

  • Support tougher penalties for those who commit fraud and work on programs to end the use of welfare EBT cards in the drug trade.

  • Support a stronger lifetime cap on “TANF” (ie Temporary Assistance) benefits.

  • Permanently limit and audit welfare dollars for those found to have large gambling winnings of $5,000 or more.

  • Support reforms that require random drug-testing for all welfare recipients.

  • Institute a tiered welfare system so individuals have a pathway to move from poverty to prosperity.


ADDRESSING MAINE’S FAILED REFERENDUM PROCESS

  • Reform the initiative signature gathering process and the wording of questions so Mainers can control the decisions affecting their lives, not out-of-state special interest groups.


PROTECTING OUR 2ND AMENDMENT WHILE IMPROVING SCHOOL & PUBLIC SAFETY

  • Fully uphold the Oath to protect and defend the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as Maine’s Constitution which states under Section 16: “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”

  • Veto unconstitutional measures which would limit law abiding citizen’s rights.

  • Place trained, armed school resource officers in every high school across the state.

  • Support a thorough review of Maine’s protocols and procedures to ensure that people – including our school kids – have the ability and systems to speak up and have their concerns heard over the actions, or potential actions, of others who might commit violence before it happens.

  • Support active shooter training for schools, large venues, and workplaces that need the training.

  • Review Maine’s mental health infrastructure to ensure those who need help can find it.


ENSURING A QUALITY EDUCATION, WITH BUDGET CONTROLS, AND A FOCUS ON MAINE CAREERS

  • Prioritize parental and local control in education curriculum decisions.

  • Provide improved performance evaluations for teachers and administrators with performance-based pay increases.

  • Permanently remove the failed 1-4 new Grading System in “Proficiency Based Education”

  • Evaluate high school, community college, and University system offerings with an eye on the careers in the region, long term trends, and coordination of programs to reduce costs and improve student outcomes, ensuring they align with Maine employers’ needs.

  • Provide taxpayers transparency on how education dollars are being spent at the local and state level with an eye on cost increases vs inflation, long term trends, and student outcomes.

  • Bring back a focus on CTE (Career Technical Education) which provides good-paying careers for some students and fills current, regional job openings. Require all CTE instructors to spend a minimum of two weeks per year in a “best in class” Maine business to ensure knowledge of modern job processes, and to create job placement opportunities for students.

  • Work with local school districts so that our guidance counselors, and educators, are aware of the jobs available and the skillsets required to fill those positions for students.

  • Create partnerships between our schools and our employers that need people who work in the trades so that we are preparing our students for the jobs available.


FIGHTING THE OPIOID CRISIS AND VIOLENT CRIME

  • Ensure law enforcement has the resources they need to catch the criminals - including strengthening our criminal code for addictive opioid drug trafficking and tools to track the traffickers.

  • Work with our schools to bring a new focus on drug education, deadly impacts of opioid abuse, and long term effects of heavy drug use.

  • Work with the federal government to ensure strong borders, including our Northern Border, to stem the tide of illegal drug trafficking while keeping an eye on interstate drug trafficking routes.

  • Support peer-to-peer recovery efforts like the AA model, and other treatment options, where those in recovery can serve as real-life mentors for others battling addiction.

  • Reduce the stigma around those suffering with substance use disorder by developing standard and consistent emergency room and first responder procedures surrounding overdoses, through a commission established by executive order.

  • Institute new training requirements at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy to train law enforcement on the techniques used by recovery coaches to build bridges with individuals struggling with substance use disorder.

  • Develop an education campaign for our primary care physicians to help them identify and treat substance use disorders;

  • Strengthen Maine's hub and spoke model to ensure that we are connecting treatment hubs with community resources for individuals in treatment and recovery.

  • Work to reform how we certify sober living houses to ensure we improve the quality of housing, and to increase the availability of safe housing options that embrace a wide array of recovery pathways for those exiting treatment and entering recovery.

  • Establish a dashboard that provides information on available treatment options, insurance options, and the success rates of these treatment options to ensure we are scaling up successful programs, and not spending taxpayer money on treatment programs that do not have proven results.

  • Connect Maine's mental health services with individuals who are seeking treatment for substance abuse disorder, to ensure we are treating individuals in a comprehensive way.

  • Review and reform Maine's mental health infrastructure to ensure those struggling with mental health issues know and can obtain access to services available.

  • Increase the number of beds available for those struggling with severe mental illness, reform the medical guardian system, reform how we approach crisis intervention, and identify the gaps in the system to identify and treat our children who have experienced trauma but are not receiving treatment.


HELPING STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

  • Work with federal government to comply with federal law and prohibit sanctuary cities in Maine.

  • Notify and cooperate with the federal immigration officials when illegal immigrants are found by Maine state law enforcement officers.

  • Push for an end to any welfare dollars being used for illegal aliens.

  • Crack down on employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.

  • Connect immigrants who come here legally with career coaches to identify their skills and assess what job placements might be available, as well as the training needed to further their career goals.

  • Work with the federal government to report businesses who employ illegal immigrants.


SUPPORTING A PRO-LIFE CULTURE IN MAINE

  • Oppose any state taxpayer money for abortions.

  • Support Maine Right to Life’s Legislative efforts including parental consent in cases of minors and those who are incapacitated and efforts to require waiting periods for abortions.

  • Oppose the rationing of medical care for those suffering from disabilities and other terminal illnesses.

  • Oppose euthanasia in Maine.


STANDING BEHIND OUR VETERANS WHO PROTECTED OUR FREEDOMS

  • Continue support for Veterans educational and employment programs and Veterans Service Offices.


PROTECTING MAINE'S ENVIRONMENT

As a job creator, and the founder of Moody's, I take my responsibility as a businessman seriously, which is why Moody's leads the industry on environmentally friendly practices.

  • Moody’s is also the first business, in our industry in Maine, to achieve Environmental Leader status for its voluntary certification in the Maine Environmental Results program.

  • Moody's was one of the first in our industry, in Maine, to adopt eco-friendly practices - voluntarily - even before the EPA passed rules requiring these practices.

  • I partnered with the Maine Audobon Society for a renewable energy project to finance the installation of solar panels.

  • Moody's uses waterborne base coats, energy-efficient lighting, recycled sheet metal, and energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems to ensure we maximize energy efficiency and minimize our impact on the planet.

  • Gorham Auto Parts, a junkyard, was ripe with DEP violations when we purchased it. We focused on cleaning up the site, and received the environmental excellence award from the Auto Recyclers Association.

  • We can and must strike a balance between protecting Maine's pristine environment, and having a stable and predictable regulatory and permitting structure for Maine's job creators.

  • We must have a strong economy while minimizing our impact on our environment. We cannot sacrifice one at the expense of another.