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LePage Proposes Drug Rules for Welfare Recipients

LePage Proposes Drug Rules for Welfare Recipients

| May 16, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage is continuing his effort to crack down on drug use by welfare recipients. The governor is proposing to eliminate benefits under the food stamp program and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program for anyone with a felony drug conviction. He also wants to require screenings that […]

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LePage Rolls out Bill to Address ‘Welfare Cliff’

LePage Rolls out Bill to Address ‘Welfare Cliff’

| May 12, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Republican Gov. Paul LePage is promoting a bill that seeks to fix a problem in the welfare system that can discourage recipients from accepting a raise or working more hours. The bill that LePage outlined Tuesday seeks to smooth out the so-called “welfare cliff” by ensuring recipients don’t immediately lose all […]

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Maine Launching Photos on Welfare Cards Statewide

Maine Launching Photos on Welfare Cards Statewide

| June 30, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Welfare recipients throughout Maine will soon receive new benefit cards with their photos on them that are designed to reduce fraud and abuse. The Department of Health and Human Services says that it will begin handing out the new electronic benefit transfer cards throughout Maine on Tuesday. The state began issuing […]

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Maine Lawmakers Vote Down Municipal Welfare Bill

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

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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