U.S. Senate Candidates Address Mainers with Disabilities

Updated 2 years ago

Touting their years of state service, State Sen. Cythia Dill (D) and former Gov. Angus King (I), made their sell to Maine’s disabled community, Thursday.Answering questions submitted by Mainers, the two touched on issues ranging from the Affordable Care Act, which neither would repeal, to topics that showed a clearer contrast between them, like whether or not they would vote for a bill that would pay disabled workers fair wages.King said, “Your instinct is to say there should not be a sub minimum wage, unless there are arguments it somehow significantly increases employment. I mean, here, one of the issues in Maine is there’s a 48 point gap in employment between people with disabilities and people without.”Dill gave it unwavering support.”I have a record of supporting increasing minimum wages for people, including people with disabilities,” said the Cape Elizabeth resident.Painting a picture of what they would do in office, King vowed to create a Disabilities Advisory Council.”So, that I can have direct communication with people who understand and live with these issues,” he explained.Dill promised to continue fighting for the people she said she always has.”I’m on the judiciary committee in state senate, so I’m aware of legislation around issues that relate to people with disabilities, so it’s something I’m very passionate about,” said the senator.Absent from the forum was Secretary of State Charles Summers, who organizers said had to cancel his appearance.


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