Comments for: Special appropriations table holds fate of bills that have financial impact

Posted April 13, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.
Last modified April 14, 2012, at 6:51 a.m.

AUGUSTA | The 125th Legislature was expected to spend most of Friday clearing the last few bills from its schedule, but even after that happens, a slate of more than 50 pieces of legislation still awaits final approval by lawmakers. Those bills are sitting in the legislative purgatory known …

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  • Anonymous

    “It also would make the unauthorized transfer or possession of electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, cards a Class D crime, and would prohibit the use of EBT cards at liquor stores, gambling facilities and adult entertainment businesses.” 
     Have any of you folks been hearing or reading about the abuse of these cards in Mass.? One guy this week got locked up, got his phone call, he called a friend and told him to get his (the bad guys) EBT card, hit the ATM and get the cash he needed for bail! For BAIL!!!  It was in the police report, we are paying for these cards friends, food, milk, juice, maybe a diaper. No way should they be able to get CASH for any reason!!!! No WAY! Food, milk and juice! No beer, smokes, tobacco chew, gold rings, car tires, weekend at Bangor slots, and NO “gentlemen’s clubs”! Food, milk and juice only!

  • The -87 & -88 bill’s, when balanced out, actually make sense since the 15 funded slot’s are now going to be actually filled with 8 real live bodies. That means the remaining seven slot’s, and their position funding, can be rolled back into the DHHS budget for use elsewhere. Math is wonderful, isin’t it, when someone actually works the equation.
     
    What does bother me is that the -85 bill is, again, directing that the entire MEIF budget be directed at the south-end of the UM System instead of the whole of the UM System. And no where in this MEIF budget is there any provision for any of the budget to go to any of the Community College’s, again. If the Community College’s are so important to the workforce development of Maine, as both Paulie and the Legislature keep insisting on, then why are these same critical institution’s starved to death by keeping from them the very fundng that they need to be effective ? The usual MMA arguement regarding Maine’s educational investment in student’s that leave as soon as they graduate, when argued under this premise, is seen as both valid and a bit more than troubling given the amount’s of funding provided versus the return on the educational investment Maine keeps making every year.

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