AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage is renewing GOP efforts to target welfare fraud, proposing to require some welfare recipients to prove they’ve applied for work and to limit items that can be purchased with electronic benefit transfer cards.
The bills to be introduced for consideration next month would require people to show they’ve applied for three jobs to get benefits in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and change some exceptions to welfare work-search programs. They’d ban EBT cards from being used for things like alcohol and lottery tickets.
The Republican governor on Tuesday highlighted the bills in a copy of his radio address provided to The Associated Press.
House Republican Leader Ken Fredette attempted to introduce a similar welfare-job requirement bill, but Democratic leaders said it would make it harder for recipients to get benefits.