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Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot seeks to create the “Universal Home Care Program” to provide home-based assistance to people with disabilities and senior citizens, regardless of income. It would be funded by a new payroll tax and non-wage income tax and is supported by Mainers for Homecare, Maine People's Alliance and Service Employees International Union, among others. Proponents say the program, if approved, would provide long-term health care and social services at their homes to adults 65 and older as well as those with physical or mental disabilities. Opponents, which include Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine Hospital Association, Maine Bankers Association, Maine Association of Realtors and Maine Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine, say the measure would be harmful to Maine's small businesses and overall economy.
Do you support Question 1, otherwise known as the Universal Home Care Program initiative?