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  • Guest

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  • Anonymous
  • I notice articles about this ongoing cluster keep using the word “overhaul” to describe what Governor Cobblepot wants to do to MaineCare.  I don’t know if that’s a conscious choice on the part of the reporters involved or if they picked it up from some Blaine House press release or another on the matter, but either way, I do not think it means what they seem to think it means.  Generally when something is overhauled, the idea is to make it work better afterward, not partially dismantle it and leave the discarded pieces lying around on the floor.  That sort of thing is more customarily known as “vandalism”.

  • Anonymous

    That would be the City of Portland that wants to spend $45,000 on park benches, tens of thousands of dollars on fancy directional signs,  tens of  thousands of dollars on incomprehensible public art,  hundreds of thousands of dollars on bike paths, and hundreds of thousand dollars on walking trails.  The City needs to get its priorities right.

    • Anonymous

      You get money from the federal government it can ONLY be used for what you applied for not some thing else. So if it’s for a bike path that’s all it can be used for

      • Anonymous

        like stimulus millions that were spent on everything but shovel ready programs?

        • Anonymous

          Yah, The fraudsters think it’s just fine.  Honest people Don’t!
          Save the funds for those that Truly need it.
          Report Fraud in Maine
          Allegations of fraud or attempted fraud involving funds, including Food Stamps,
          administered by the Department of Health and Human Services should be sent to:
          Fraud, Investigation and Recovery
          11 State House Station
          Whitten Road
          Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

          Phone numbers for DHHS Fraud office are:
          1-207-287-2409 and 1-800-442-6003
          Further questions and suspicions can also be submitted by e-mail.
          Fraud.Dhhs@maine.gov

          Contact the Office of the Attorney General
          Phone: 207-626-8800
          Mailing Address:
          Office of the Attorney General
          6 State House Station
          Augusta, ME 04333

          http://www.maine.gov/ag/contact.html

          Do All three, Phone, E-mail and send a Letter.
          Follow-up in 30 days with a Certified letter if no response.
          Send a letter Directly to the Governor’s Office, that should get their attention.
          Keep a written log of actions and attempts to notify.
          Hold them Responsible!

      • Anonymous

        So take any money and waste it?

        • Anonymous

          So you are telling every one that things that you do not like is a waste of money because it dose not benefit you

  • Anonymous

    Thank You Mr. Brennan.  I hope the Legistlature will be able to get the bottom of these cuts because if any of them go through we will have a total riple effect that will devistate Maine.  I talk to the Govenors press secetary this morning myself and she said “Govenor LePage was running Maine like it was business and he was doing a good job at it”.  I told her “I hoped that the impeachment petittion would keep going around and the all the people of Maine would have to good sense to sign it, because when and bad person is elected that can’t do the job he is elected to he aut to be fired”.

  • Guest

    I encourage everyone who is affected, should this craziness actually get through the House or Senate to file an appeal immediately upon notification of loss of benefits.  Show them you’re not going to take this laying down!  A civilized society takes care of those who can’t take care of themselves, despite what hateful, callous people think.  This state won’t allow leaving the poor out in the cold, despite what a vocal minority thinks.  LePage is a one term governor and he knows it.  He’s trying to do as much damage as possible before he goes.  If he were an employee, and not guaranteed a 4 year job he would have been fired months ago.  Everything he’s done so far has amounted to absolutely nothing.  It’s nearly February, where are all the fireworks penguin?

    • Anonymous

      how much are you sending into the state to fix the budget deficit. You do realize we have a balanced budget law.So are you going to make up the shortfall to keep all these over promised and under funded programs going.Mr Lepage is balancing the budget this penguin the liberal losers are referring to must be a fictitious character they pray to like their great divider.

      • Guest

        If we’re having such shortfall issues, why make the biggest tax cuts in state history?

  • Anonymous

    Its wonderful how we all have opinions on how to handle this type of situation.. But it is very funny to hear the answers the Liepage supporters throw at us.. As well as I am sure they are saying the same about those of us who dislike Lipage’s policies..  This policy affects each and every one of us and they don’t seem to realize it.. The ripple effect of this budget cut would cripple us as far as health care goes..  The thing about this is the federal government went through some challenging financial times.. We went through a war for gods sake that cost us billions.. This put us in a deep recession.. The only way out of this is for the government to increase revenue and make smart budget cuts.. Cutting the revenue is not a smart budget cut.. Cutting taxes to the rich and to the big businesses will not increase your revenue.. This is what repubs are doing.. How is this gonna help us?  There is not much more the government can cut.. There is not much more that each state can cut..  It is time we step up and pay our fair share and raise the taxes for the rich, close loopholes, and stop giving tax breaks and throwing money at these companies that have the product made over seas..  Its time to raise our GDP and get back in the game.. Stop making cuts that will hurt our elderly, poor and disabled.. Cutting education how are we gonna educate our children if we do that? Who is gonna run our country after we have gone the descendents of the Koch Brothers? Thats what were leading too.. Wake up Repubs stop this now!!!

    • Anonymous

      much rather the koch boys than soros that got us in this situation.Where is the great soros that all the liberals pray to when the bills come due. Just like the rest of the fleebaggers running off to the motel six when the bills come due.Wake up democrats you maxed out the states credit card.Stand back and let the adults clean up the mess.

      • Anonymous

        your delusional Bush Jr. maxed it out don’t forget how good we were when Clinton left office..

        • Anonymous

          clinton was smoke and mirrors.the dems caused this by promising everyone a new house.
          the state problems was promising entitlements that was unsustainable.Blaming bush for over spending was a campaign strategy that got the super shopper elected.

    • Always the same from you libs. Raise taxes and make smart cuts. Later. Or never whichever comes first. What a joke. There are never any smart cuts, dumb cuts or any other type of cuts that would appeal to someone like you. Ever. You don’t like Governor Lepage. I get that. But don’t act like there is not a big spending problem because there is and increasing taxes before making serious cuts and changes to entitlements is just kicking your can down the road.

      • Anonymous

        You repubs have no idea how to balance a budget..  By giving these
        companies and the 1% tax breaks you are taking away all the income to
        balance the budget with.. Ronald Reagan tried this it don’t work.. Next
        thing you will try to do is take away income tax.. Income tax is more
        than half our states income where are you gonna cut to make ends meet
        then.. It is simple math that you should understand, Not enough income
        you get more yes you cut where you can but the biggest thing is you get
        more income.. Inflation brings up the food budget between insurance car
        payments electric cable etc what do you do if you have no money for
        food? You get rid of the unnecessary items like cable you can live
        without it.. Are you gonna lose the electricity and not be able to heat
        the home? or keep your food from spoiling? Same thing.. Wake up?

    • Anonymous

      you are so right.  the GOP would have everyone just keep on doing what does not and has not worked….Regan started this mess in the first place.

    • Anonymous

      You repubs have no idea how to balance a budget..  By giving these companies and the 1% tax breaks you are taking away all the income to balance the budget with.. Ronald Reagan tried this it don’t work.. Next thing you will try to do is take away income tax.. Income tax is more than half our states income where are you gonna cut to make ends meet then.. It is simple math that you should understand, Not enough income you get more yes you cut where you can but the biggest thing is you get more income.. Inflation brings up the food budget between insurance car payments electric cable etc what do you do if you have no money for food? You get rid of the unnecessary items like cable you can live without it.. Are you gonna lose the electricity and not be able to heat the home? or keep your food from spoiling? Same thing.. Wake up?

      • Anonymous

        wrong balancing a budget by raising taxes is unsustainable.wake up.

        • Anonymous

          Me wake up? Do you actually believe that cutting taxes to decrease your income is gonna help pay for what you already have? More revenue is needed to be able to buy more cutting will not afford you more.. What school did you go to? Cutting taxes and revenue will not balance a budget that’s growing with inflation..

          • Anonymous

            balancing a budget by continually increasing spending and revenue is unsustainable.This path has been tried and we now have run out of money.Democrats have been creating programs and kicking costs down the road.It should be illegal to put the needy on a program set to fail.How long before the threshold of rich is $20.000 a year ,Not long .As a society we should not punish success and encourage mediocracy.That is exactly what the great divider is preaching.50% of the country does not pay anything into the system.Do you really think we have a revenue problem? How is this sustainable, other peoples money has run out.

  • Anonymous

    I will give Lepage credit for 1 thing.  He is smarter than all the people he got to vote for him. Oh wait that still make him less smart than at least 2/3 of the voters.

  • Anonymous

    Brennan, a Democrat and onetime Senate chairman of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee,Says it all he was part of the promise bunch that over promised and under funded.Should be illegal.

  • Quit your whinin ,Mayor. All those liberal  dems have built you a little mini-welfare state there in Portland,and now you are upset because the teat has run dry. Too bad. Welcome to LePage’s world mayor, now lets see if you have the backbone to make some way overdue cuts, or raise taxes. Good luck.

  • “Brennan, a Democrat and onetime Senate chairman of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, urged lawmakers to look beyond the DHHS shortfall to the wider state budget to find savings.” 

    You are correct Mr. Brennan. It IS a manufactured crisis  and you sir were one of the manufacturers. Now that it is time to do something about it you suddenly want the shortfall fixed  by “finding savings” somewhere else. How convenient and cowardly of you!

    • Anonymous

      Yes
      One of the Acrhitects who created the mess under his tenure, now trying to lecture Governor Lepage, what a joke.

  • Anonymous

    Why doesnt Brennan raise taxes in Portland to make up for the shortfall?  I mean he created the mess in DHHS in the first place and now he wants LePage to raise taxes state wide to make up for the Over promised benefits paid out when Brennan was in charge.

  • Anonymous

    Brennan is just another typical tax and spend liberal and his support of maintaining the cadillac Medicaid program that is 35% above the national average comes as no surprise.  Brennan’s comprehensive approach of gutting every departmental budget has not worked in the past and will not work in the future.  Brennan’s comprehensive approach means cutting education, transportation, public safety, etc., all to fund the exponentially growing monster called welfare.  It’s naive to believe that 1 in 4 Mainers are truly disabled, as Brennan claims.  The last time I was in Portland, I don’t recall seeing 1 in 4 Mainers suffering from disabilities that require taxpayer sustenance. 

    LePage’s plan is to re-structure Medicaid.  Once passed, LePage’s plan will still provide Medicaid for 290,000 Mainers and Maine will still be 15% above the national average with the Medicaid ENTITLEMENT.  Now isn’t LePage’s approach of addressing the root cause of the bloated Medicaid monster better than CUTTING EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION, PUBLIC SAFETY, etc., like Brennan suggests?  Brennan’s comprehensive approach has been used in the past and has FAILED!  I support the Governor on this issue and encourage the Appropriations Committee to DO THEIR JOB!

    • Anonymous

      That would be all well and good if he were “restructuring” but he’s not, he’s just hacking and shifting costs from the state pocket to the local pocket and in ways that will likely increase overall costs to the responsible taxpayer (you & I).  There is no doubt at all that Maine’s finances need an overhaul, but there are ways to do it that decrease costs and that requires intelligence and leadership, something that is sadly lacking here.

  • Anonymous

    LePage’s slash-and-burn tactics are real job-killers. Hey, wasn’t he supposed to INCREASE employment in Maine? It won’t please anybody but the Koch Brothers, ALEC, and the Heritage Foundation for Maine to lose so  many jobs.  But of course they are who he listens to. Not the rest of us.

    • Anonymous

      soros spend and pay later programs were the problem. time for the adults to pay the bills now.

      • Anonymous

        The bills we’re stuck with date back to the spend trillions (e.g., two wars)  but cut revenues (tax breaks for billionaires) policies of George W. Bush. He brought this country to the brink of Depression II.

  • Michelle McCoy

    I think the USA would save more money if these people wasn’t getting paid so much…Make cuts to the White House…and OH yeah LET THEM FIX THEIR OWN mistakes $ wise! Don’t take from the poor and the elderly…We THE PEOPLE had NO PART in this!

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