Should the social service safety net be expanded for Maine children?

Posted March 29, 2010, at 4:04 p.m.

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

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


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