September 25, 2017
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Should the social service safety net be expanded for Maine children?

The latest Maine Kids Count report notes that 16.5 percent of Maine children were living

below the federal poverty threshold in 2008, up from 15.5 percent the year before. About

7 percent were living in extreme poverty. Does this make the case for reordering state

budget priorities to fund children economic maintenance programs? Could a tax hike be

justified if it paid for these programs? Or are the poverty numbers just part of the


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