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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.