AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Welfare recipients in Maine would have to prove they’ve applied to at least three jobs before getting benefits, under a new proposal at the State House.
House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport recently introduced two bills regarding the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Fredette says the state shouldn’t give benefits to able-bodied adults who haven’t looked for a job. He says 18 other states have such job-search requirements.
Another bill designed to encourage more welfare recipients to take part in work-search programs would eliminate some participation exceptions.
Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick says he opposes the proposals. He says that instead of vilifying struggling families, lawmakers should ensure the state is providing opportunities for them to get good paying jobs.