Green Independent Party Releases Its 2009 Voter Guide

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.

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Maine Green Indepenent Party Opposes Questions 2 & 4

The Maine Green Independent Party has announced that they oppose Question 2 (excise tax) or Question 4 (TABOR II).  Maine Greens believe cutting excise tax only benefits those who can afford to buy a new car, adversely impacts town budgets, and seeks to encourage alternative modes of transportation.  TABOR II, according to the MGIP would limit Maine government’s ability to care for those that most need help.  This is a split from other Maine Greens, including former candidate for Governor Pat LaMarcheMore Green Now is an effort to support the cutting of Maine’s excise tax.  That cite similar party concepts in their support of Question 2.  They see the excise tax cut as beneficial to the environment.  The cut will allow more people to able to afford more fuel efficient and hybrid automobiles, More Green Now says.  More Green Now also claims that a Yes on question to will bring more money to those that need it most.  Voters will decide for themselves soon enough.  Read the entire MGIP statement after the cut. Continue reading

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