The Maine Green Independent Party has announced its 2009 voter guide. The guide covers the November 3rd ballot referendum questions, giving voters the Green Party’s opinion on each. “It is a crowded ballot, this year, and we anticipate that many voters will have a clear idea as to how to vote on high profile referendum questions, but will find other questions for which they were less prepared,” said Anna Trevorrow, Chair of the Maine Green Independent Party. The Green Party has stated that their recommendations on each question reflect the party’s commitment to decentralization, sustainability, gender equity, and social justice. On to the guide.
Question 1 (Reject Same-Sex Marriage Law) -No - The institution of marriage is at least partially defined by our government in that issues such as tax benefits and rights of survivorship are automatically granted to married couples. If the institution of marriage is available to some loving couples, it ought to be available to all. The MGIP supports an emphatic NO on 1.
Question 2 (Cut Excise Tax) -No – The MGIP supports tax structures that encourage Mainers to use bus, rail and other alternative transportation. A reduction to the excise tax would promote the sales and production of new vehicles, and give a tax break to individuals able to afford new vehicles. This will put more cars on the road in a time when we need to be moving away from the old model of an automobile-centric transportation system and towards a new era of clean, affordable, and convenient public transit.
Question 3 (Repeal School Consolidation Law) – Yes – The party believes that individual municipalities are the best equipped to assess their structural and financial needs. Some areas of the state may benefit from consolidation, while others stand to lose out significantly. Communities are best equipped to assess the potential benefits (or lack thereof) of school consolidation.
Question 4 (TABOR II) – No – The MGIP believes that a crucial role of the government is to provide needed services to its people, especially those least able to provide for themselves. If passed, this proposal would essentially tie the hands of Maine’s state and municipal governments to perform the basic function of providing social services to the people of Maine.
Question 5 (Medical Marijuana) – Yes – Predominantly, this proposal refines the existing medical marijuana laws already on the books in Maine. Maine already has medical marijuana, but this proposal sets guidelines for production, distribution, and consumption. The MGIP supported medical marijuana when it originally passed, and supports this refining initiative
You can read the full recommendations for each question at the MGIP’s website.