September 7, 2013

LePage: Fewer Maine residents on cash assistance

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage says the caseload for Maine residents on a cash assistance program has dropped more than 40 percent since 2011.

The Republican governor said in his weekly radio address that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program caseload has decreased from about 15,000 cases in January 2011 to about 9,000 cases this June.

LePage attributes the drop to the administration's promotion of job preparation and work. He says the state is working with people on welfare to determine what barriers they face in finding a job and finding them the support they need.

He says "public assistance is no longer a lifetime benefit, but an opportunity to become independent after a financial crisis."

Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors




Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)