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Maine Governor Takes Heroic Stand for Welfare Reform Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Apr 22, 2015, 03:57 AM

$ 1AAabbbccbagestamp.jpgDemocrats in the Maine state legislature are fighting tooth and nail against Governor Paul LePage's proposal to forbid welfare recipients from purchasing tattoos with food stamps.

Fox News reports that, "Maine Gov. Paul LePage's tough proposals, unveiled earlier this month, would prohibit using welfare benefits to buy alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and tattoos. LePage also wants to require applicants to apply for three jobs before being eligible, and ban the use of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards to withdraw cash outside of Maine."

Governor LePage is quoted as saying that, "Our liberal friends said 'no.' They made all sorts of excuses. Well, as you saw in November, the Maine people didn't buy it. They're demanding reform, they expect reform and we're going to give them reform."

As reported by Fox News, "Welfare reform has been a central plank of the firebrand governor's platform since taking office in 2011. He said at a 2012 state Republican convention: "To all those able-bodied people out there, get off the couch and get yourself a job!" His first budget, passed in 2011, brought Maine in line with the 1996 federal requirement of a 60-month limit on benefits."

Governor LePage is a Republican governor of Maine.

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