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Maine residents to work for
food stamps, governor says

Aljazeera.com, by Massoud Hayoun

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Posted By:gartrell bibberts, 7/24/2014 10:07:04 AM

Maine´s Republican governor on Wednesday launched a push to make more “able-bodied” people work for their food stamps. “People who are in need deserve a hand up, but we should not be giving able-bodied individuals a handout,’’ said Gov. Paul R. LePage. LePage will reportedly stop seeking a federal waiver — issued at the height of the Great Recession — llowing some food stamp recipients to bypass requirements that they work or volunteer, according to local news channel WCSH. About 12,000 of the state’s residents receiving $15 million annually in food stamps are considered to be able-bodied by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which administers the aid.

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Hmmmm....he may be on to something.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Hadjipoo, 7/24/2014 10:16:10 AM     (No. 9938030)

Lord knows I work so they can have them!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rotten In Denmark, 7/24/2014 10:58:08 AM     (No. 9938109)

How novel! Perhaps the concept will spread?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: provide, 7/24/2014 11:03:28 AM     (No. 9938122)

There will be an out migration so fast, the state will wobble.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: usmc2489, 7/24/2014 11:10:04 AM     (No. 9938131)

There is a saying in Russia - "If you don´t work, you don´t eat". The same should apply here.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: strike3, 7/24/2014 12:28:27 PM     (No. 9938260)

What a novel idea, except this guy´s political career is now over. Some people just aren´t cut out for work - ask B.H. Obama.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 7/24/2014 12:33:59 PM     (No. 9938270)

John Kasich are you watching this!! Ohio needs to do this too!!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: shamus, 7/24/2014 12:38:25 PM     (No. 9938281)

Full points for effort, but probably violates federal law.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/24/2014 12:41:56 PM     (No. 9938286)

Give them each a few planter boxes to work at the community gardens and let them raise their own food. Add a quarterly drug test to the requirements. I´ll bet there will not be a lot of food grown in those gardens and nobody will be hungry.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 7/24/2014 12:43:04 PM     (No. 9938288)

Did I read that correctly? $15,000,000 in food stamps annually? In a state with a TOTAL population of 1,380,000 ? What the heck?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: hoosiergirl71, 7/24/2014 2:31:20 PM     (No. 9938451)

I really like Maine´s governor...he is cut from the same cloth as Sheriff Arpaio in AZ.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mickturn, 7/24/2014 4:03:05 PM     (No. 9938594)

YES!

NO Workie, No Foodie.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: 4Justice, 7/24/2014 4:16:11 PM     (No. 9938615)

I don´t know how it works here, but they used to make people work off their general assistance here in Santa Clara County. Whatever wasn´t worked off had to be paid back.

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Aljazeera.com, by Massoud Hayoun    Original Article
Posted By: gartrell bibberts- 7/24/2014 10:07:04 AM     Post Reply
Maine´s Republican governor on Wednesday launched a push to make more “able-bodied” people work for their food stamps. “People who are in need deserve a hand up, but we should not be giving able-bodied individuals a handout,’’ said Gov. Paul R. LePage. LePage will reportedly stop seeking a federal waiver — issued at the height of the Great Recession — llowing some food stamp recipients to bypass requirements that they work or volunteer, according to local news channel WCSH. About 12,000 of the state’s residents receiving $15 million annually in food stamps are considered to be able-bodied by Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which administers the aid.



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