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Group to Ask Judge About LePage Welfare Policy

| June 30, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The group representing Maine cities and towns will ask a judge to decide whether Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s directive banning general assistance benefits for some immigrants can be legally enforced. The Maine Municipal Association said Monday that it will ask the Superior Court to decide whether LePage should have gone through […]

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Immigrants Fear Loss of Local Aid in Maine

| June 26, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Immigrants across Maine are worried about possibly losing assistance to buy food and housing under new guidelines from Gov. Paul LePage’s administration. The Republican governor is seeking to prevent immigrants who can’t prove that they are living in the U.S. legally from collecting general assistance, a municipal welfare program. His administration […]

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Maine Lawmakers Vote Down Municipal Welfare Bill

| April 7, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine lawmakers have rejected Gov. Paul LePage’s proposal to reduce the amount of money the state refunds some cities to run their welfare programs. The Senate voted 22-12 on Monday to kill the bill introduced by the Republican governor. It failed in the House last week. The bill would have standardized […]

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Cities Could Get Less General Assistance

| March 25, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Cities like Portland, Bangor and Lewiston could get less money from the state for their municipal welfare programs, under a proposal from Maine Gov. Paul LePage. The Republican governor has introduced a bill to standardize the reimbursement rate at 50 percent across all cities for general assistance, the all-purpose welfare program […]

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