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LePage: Maine will no longer waive food stamp work requirements
pressherald.com ^ | 7/23/14 | Eric Russell

Posted on 07/23/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT by cotton1706

Maine’s Republican governor wants all able-bodied recipients of the federal food stamp benefit to complete work or volunteer activities.

Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that Maine will no longer seek a federal waiver that allows some able-bodied adults to receive food stamps without working or volunteering.

“We must continue to do all that we can to eliminate generational poverty and get people back to work,” LePage said in a statement announcing the change. “We must protect our limited resources for those who are truly in need and who are doing all they can to be self-sufficient.”

According to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, able-bodied recipients are defined as adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who have no dependents, are not pregnant and are not disabled. DHHS has identified 12,000 current recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program who fit that definition. They account for about $15 million per year in benefits.

Currently, Maine receives a waiver from the federal government that allows food stamp recipients to receive benefits without meeting work requirements. Maine has used the waiver for the last six years largely because of an anemic job market.

Maine’s unemployment rate reached a high of 9.7 percent in early 2010 but has dropped to 5.1 percent as of June. The rate is higher in some rural areas of the state.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Maine; US: Massachusetts; US: New Hampshire; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: ebt; elections; foodstamp; foodstamps

1 posted on 07/23/2014 10:57:31 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Hopefully all the current bums will realize that this is mainly due to the giant influx of illegals that are eating into their pie.


2 posted on 07/23/2014 11:02:34 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: cotton1706

Good. We are tired of working to support people who are not disabled or elderly.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 11:05:23 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: cotton1706

Someone cue the Maine liberals to start crying and stomping their feet screaming ‘THIS ISN’T FAIR!!’ in 4.....3.....2.....


4 posted on 07/23/2014 11:05:40 AM PDT by Fedupwithit (If you never stop giving, they will never stop taking...)
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To: cotton1706

LePage is ME’s only conservative; there must be more conservative voters there than one would have thought. The state as a whole is very liberal and has been since Edmund S. Muskie with few exceptions.


5 posted on 07/23/2014 11:06:15 AM PDT by Theodore R. (Liberals keep winning; so the American people must now be all-liberal all the time.)
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To: cotton1706

Not that I oppose the policy change but is that large drop in the unemployment number reality? What is Maine’s U6 number, I wonder.

And with a delicious sense of irony, will re-injecting those 12,000 potential employees in the workforce drive up that 5.1%?


6 posted on 07/23/2014 11:06:46 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The Arab Spring is over. Welcome to the Jihadi Spring." Jonah Goldberg)
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To: cotton1706

Currently, Maine receives a waiver from the federal government that allows food stamp recipients to receive benefits without meeting work requirements.

Uh oh, I don’t think that the Holder injustice dept. is gonna let this happen,i.e., to have a work requirement.

And, BTW, aren’t alot of Somalis being dumped in Maine?

How’s that working out?


7 posted on 07/23/2014 11:10:20 AM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: NonValueAdded

Dont think it has much to do w/ unemployment numbers. The real win is the enormous amt of $ each ‘recipient’ consumes. Once off the dole the budget can be reduced and hopefully a few state workers as well. Last time I looked the state was the largest employer....something that needs also to be corrected.


8 posted on 07/23/2014 11:11:30 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: cotton1706

Here come all those itty bitty violins, each playing the saddest sob stories you ever did hear. One trying to top the other. “If you think YOU got problems, listen to MY story!”


9 posted on 07/23/2014 11:12:42 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: cotton1706

When I hear things like a certain area has no prospects for jobs or industry aka an “anemic” job market, I often think “well go back to doing what people did when people first decided to live there.” I mean at one point there must have been a way to make a living or everyone would have died there or moved on.

In Maine’s case wouldn’t that be fishing or timber? I know the fed has made laws that in some cases make this prohibitive, and in those cases I suppose you have to move to where there is work. But, if not, I would just start fishing again and selling my fish to people. /shrug.

In the great lakes I would get a boat and open up a boat shipping company across the great lakes or something like folks used to do.

I could be off base here, maybe the gov rules are so regulatory in nature you can’t do these things competitively anymore, but if that is the case then more power to the argument for deregulation!!


10 posted on 07/23/2014 11:13:43 AM PDT by Individual Rights in NJ (I don't even know what to say anymore..)
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To: I want the USA back

And FAT is not a disability!


11 posted on 07/23/2014 11:16:13 AM PDT by 9422WMR ("Ignorance can be cured by education, but stupidity is forever.")
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To: All

Boy, is he in touble now!!!!!!!!!!


12 posted on 07/23/2014 11:20:54 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: cotton1706

Wait til the Justice Bros hear about this...AND the Dept of Just Us!

Good for this Gov...this needs to happen in all 57 states.


13 posted on 07/23/2014 11:22:58 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: cotton1706
able-bodied recipients are defined as adults between the ages of 18 and 49 who have no dependents, are not pregnant and are not disabled

I would be all for adding:


14 posted on 07/23/2014 11:32:18 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

Maine’s rivers provided power and transportation

Every town has a mill

paper, shoes, lumber, clothing, etc.

Every town now has an empty mill.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 11:34:41 AM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: 9422WMR

Drug and alcohol addicts are not disabled either.


16 posted on 07/23/2014 11:38:02 AM PDT by DFG ("Dumb, Dependent, and Democrat is no way to go through life" - Louie Gohmert (R-TX))
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To: maine yankee

So really they got hit real hard by globalization and our regulations making those goods not fit to be made in the expensive USA?


17 posted on 07/23/2014 11:39:50 AM PDT by Individual Rights in NJ (I don't even know what to say anymore..)
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To: cotton1706

Why should welfare queens suffer the indignity of actually working? It’s hard enough sitting around living on the fruits of other people’s labor.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 11:42:47 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: maine yankee

The Moonbats in Saco were in full Koolaid Modeon Monday. They were having Gorbasms over MA Gov. Deval Patrick because he’s unleashing the Border Crashers on us. Of course they won’t be going to bucolic Saco anytime soon.


19 posted on 07/23/2014 11:44:18 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: cotton1706

They’re probably running out of other peoples’ money...


20 posted on 07/23/2014 11:45:54 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Fedupwithit

I live in Maine, and the libs had been wailing ever since our conservative governor cut off welfare and EBT cards for illegals.


21 posted on 07/23/2014 11:46:40 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: Organic Panic
It’s hard enough sitting around living on the fruits of other people’s labor.

I can hear them now, "I can barely afford my new Cadillac, my 70" TV, my PS4, new games every week, and all the premium movie channels on my cable box with what little the government gives me now! How am I supposed to get by on less, which I have to actually work for? And, I will have to miss all my favorite shows and I won't have time to play my PS4! Nah! This is BU!!SH!T! This is SLAVERY! Hell, NAH! This can't be happening to me!"
22 posted on 07/23/2014 11:51:37 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Theodore R.

Southern Maine, especially around Portland, has the bulk of Maine’s population and a lot of liberals in those areas.

Most of Maine is rural, heavily armed, pro-second Amendment, and pro-military. I know plenty of conservatives. The coastal areas have their share of moonbats driving their Prius’s with their Obama stickers, but there are more trucks and SUVs.

Gov. LePage is not the only conservative; the GOP candidate, Bruce Poliquin, is running for the House in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, where I live. Poliquin, a conservative, won the GOP primary last month over the GOPe guy by 12 points.

The Maine Senate and the Maine House has some good conservative there as well, and additional conservatives are challenging democrat incumbents this Fall.

Our two U.S. senators suck. I won’t be voting for Susan Collins this Fall.....I’ll write in someone else’s name. I voted for my last RINO in 2012. I’m done with RINO’s.


23 posted on 07/23/2014 11:56:04 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (I don't want to feel "safe." I want to feel FREE!)
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To: NonValueAdded
If they do volunteer work it can be stuff like cleaning up around abandoned buildings and such. The point of a work requirement is that it discourages the cheaters. Besides that, some people might decide it would be better to get a job than have to work for free to get their food stamps.

On a philosophical level, I disagree strongly with anyone getting something for nothing.

24 posted on 07/23/2014 12:05:37 PM PDT by grania
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation
Our two U.S. senators suck. I won’t be voting for Susan Collins this Fall.....I’ll write in someone else’s name. I voted for my last RINO in 2012. I’m done with RINO’s.

Ditto here. No way I'd vote for Collins. I know a lot of conservatives/Republicans here that are not going to vote for her. The Dim, Sheena Bellows, as far as I can tell isn't much different from Collins except for her party label and her stance against government surveillance.

25 posted on 07/23/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: Individual Rights in NJ
Besides fishing and timber, Maine had high quality manufacturing....leather goods, linens, bedding, shoes/boots to name a few items. Some still remains.

LL Bean is a Maine institution. If they were more loyal to their heritage and their state, a lot of manufacturing could be brought back. It's not like they're charging less for the chinese and other foreign crap they sell.

FWIW, the only items I'll by from LL Bean anymore are made in the USA, the exception being when they're the only place I can get 100% cotton jeans. And whenever I place an order, I express my disgust. I think consumers doing that has had na effect. They seem to have a little more "made in the USA" and tout it when they do.

26 posted on 07/23/2014 12:13:47 PM PDT by grania
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To: bluedogpdx
And, BTW, aren’t alot of Somalis being dumped in Maine?

Yes.

How’s that working out?

Badly.

Maine has issues with drugs and crime that I didn't even imagine when I was a kid....not all THAT long ago.

27 posted on 07/23/2014 12:19:07 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

You can still start them, but then they will take everything you have through fines, fees, and seizures. Hell, the EPAs doing it with people’s houses why would they stop with someone’s business?


28 posted on 07/23/2014 12:40:36 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: wbill

I read about Somali problems in MN just like what you’ve seen in Maine.

So what do we do when when we import these people, who not just have little to contribute, but are actively destructive to our society?

I’m totally convinced that LEGAL immigration, as it’s presently constituted, is also a disaster for these country.


29 posted on 07/23/2014 12:57:35 PM PDT by bluedogpdx
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To: cotton1706
Here's the elephant in the room. Both political parties are controlled by the following.

Heavy Hitters: Top All-Time Donors, 1989-2014
http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php
American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $60,949,129 [Democrat] 81% [Republican] 1%”
National Cmte to Preserve Social Security & Medicare $10,414,606 [Democrat] 82% [Republican] 17%

They've already been chatting it up with us and fooling most of us.

Leviathan (Uncle Sam employs more people than you think)
National Review ^ | 02/03/2011 | Iain Murray
"...nearly 40 million Americans employed in some way by government."

Spendthrift ways are ways of government-linked socialists.

About "70 million" people are receiving good incomes but are also steeped in debt, and most of them can't borrow more for big ticket items. Meanwhile,...

Here's most of the former private sector. State and local government regulations and HOAs outlawed them from building homes, producing in small shops, doing odd jobs, etc.

More Than 101 Million Working Age Americans Do Not Have A Job
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3005481/posts


30 posted on 07/23/2014 1:16:06 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: cotton1706

Watch for a spike in pregnancies.


31 posted on 07/23/2014 1:23:18 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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