AUGUSTA, Maine — A conservative think tank says state spending on the welfare program Temporary Assistance for Needy Families has increased 72 percent in the past decade.
The Maine Heritage Policy Center released a report Thursday highlighting Maine government’s 40 fastest-growing general fund programs. It says that of those 40 programs, 25 are in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, or Department of Corrections.
The report looks at spending between the FY 2002-2003 budget cycle and the FY 2010-2011 two-year budget. It says spending for the 40 fastest-growing programs increased by 35 percent.
The report is likely to get the attention of Gov.-elect Paul LePage’s new administration. A LePage transition co-chair is Tarren Bragdon, who’s been chief executive officer of policy center.