October 17, 2017
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Is Maine too generous with welfare benefits?

Some Republican gubernatorial candidates have highlighted what they say are Maine’s too generous welfare benefits. Does Maine extend the social safety net – the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, food stamps, housing, MaineCare and other programs – to

too many people? Should eligibility income levels be lowered to something closer to the federal poverty level? Should programs be focused on children and less generous to non-disabled adults? Or can a good argument be made for making sure people are not

getting sick, going hungry or living without heat? Does investing in these programs save money in the long run?


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