Welfare's "Safety Net" Addressed Again by Gov. LePage.

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Welfare's "Safety Net" Addressed Again by Gov. LePage.

Post  News Hawk on Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:14 am

Illegal Aliens Should Not Get General Assistance


"I have always said Maine’s safety net should help our most needy citizens. These vulnerable Mainers include the elderly, children, disabled and mentally ill.

Hello. This is Governor Paul LePage.

Illegal aliens who choose to live in Maine are not our most vulnerable citizens. We need to take care of Mainers first. I think most Mainers would agree.

During my first few days in office in 2011, I issued an Executive Order to repeal Maine’s status as a sanctuary state. In 2004 Democratic leadership banned state officials from asking people about their legal status when they requested benefits. My order rescinded that policy.

Also in 2011, the State eliminated state welfare benefits for illegal immigrants.

Last week, we took the next step. We told Maine towns and cities they will no longer get state funding to give to illegal aliens...Local taxpayers must speak for themselves. I urge all Mainers to tell your city councilors and selectmen to stop handing out your money to illegals."
http://www.maine.gov/governor/lepage/
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LePage's phrase, "Illegal aliens who choose to live in Maine are not our most vulnerable citizens. cannot mean Illegals, as they are not citizens.

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Re: Welfare's "Safety Net" Addressed Again by Gov. LePage.

Post  News Buzzard on Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:54 am

Maine did a study on EBT card expenditures because Governor LePage insisted that Mainers on food stamps were all spending the money in wrong places; bars, tobacco products, strip clubs, etc, and they found that 2/10 of 1% of the money was being spent where it shouldn't be. This was just another chapter in the Right Wing Book Of Mythology!

And now Governor LePage wants to eliminate the income tax in Maine by constitutional amendment, and he would replace the revenue with a higher sales tax and lower revenue sharing with the local towns. So the lower and middle income earners will break even while the millionaire class in Maine will enjoy a major windfall! This will be just another Supply Side failure if it came to pass, but fortunately the legislature in Maine is controlled by the Democrats, so LePage's crazy dream will never come to pass!! Wink

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Maine's State Income Tax Must Be a Heavy One...

Post  News Hawk on Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:47 am

"...But a reduction has never been LePage’s end game. Since winning re-election in November, his rhetoric has focused on eliminating the tax altogether. “My vision for Maine is a Maine without an income tax,” LePage said during his State of the State address in February.

In town hall meetings around the state, the governor has touted the constitutional amendment as the surest way to seal the income tax’s fate regardless of future election results.
He reiterated that argument in the letter.

“To ensure that any income tax cut is permanent and cannot be reinstated by future legislatures, it is critical that we change the Constitution,” LePage wrote. “We must remove the burden that the personal income tax places on Maine families — from retirees on fixed incomes to job creators — by amending the Constitution of the State of Maine to eliminate the personal income tax levied by our State once and for all.”

Given the power dynamic in the Legislature, a constitutional amendment to repeal the income tax is far from a sure thing, even if LePage can convince every Republican to get on board.

Constitutional amendments require two-thirds support of the Legislature before they can even go to voters for approval, and Democrats’ majority in the House will make reaching that threshold a tough task for the governor.

If he is successful, though, 2016 would shape up to be one of the most consequential elections in quite some time. Adding the income-tax killing amendment on the ballot in 2016 would most likely drive conservatives to the polls in droves, boosting the GOP’s prospects in a presidential election year — a time in the election cycle that usually favors Democrats.
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Post  News Buzzard on Thu Apr 23, 2015 9:16 am

Let's get real here! A constitutional amendment in Maine requires a 2/3 vote in each house of the legislature. Case closed. LePage is just blowing a lot of hot air! (as usual) Rolling Eyes

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Re: Welfare's "Safety Net" Addressed Again by Gov. LePage.

Post  News Hawk on Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:25 am

News Buzzard wrote:Maine did a study on EBT card expenditures because Governor LePage insisted that Mainers on food stamps were all spending the money in wrong places; bars, tobacco products, strip clubs, etc, and they found that 2/10 of 1% of the money was being spent where it shouldn't be. This was just another chapter in the Right Wing Book Of Mythology!
A little looking around found otherwise:


The vast amount of TANF funds are withdrawn from ATMs, and once a benefit becomes cash, the state has no way of determining how it has been spent.
http://www.themainewire.com/2014/01/maine-welfare-cash-spent-liquor-stores-bars-strip-clubs-smoke-shops-casinos/

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