Should Maine’s social safety net be reduced in size and scope?

Posted Dec. 08, 2008, at 5:23 p.m.

Maine, compared to other states, is generous in what it offers low-income, elderly and

disabled residents through social service programs. But this comes at a cost; about a third

of the state budget is devoted to such programs. Should the safety net be reduced? Or

would that mean higher social costs in other areas, such as at hospital emergency rooms

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and in crime? What programs would you consider reducing? What programs should be


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