Release: MHPC Applauds LePage’s Decision on Welfare Work Requirements


July 23, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Maine’s foremost free-market think tank, on Wednesday applauded Governor Paul R. LePage’s decision to implement work requirements for many able-bodied recipients of welfare benefits under the federal Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as Food Stamps.

“Maine’s social safety net should be a temporary stop for Mainers on their way back into the work force, not a permanent destination,” said MHPC Communications Director Jonathan Haines. “This policy will encourage work-ready adults to be self-reliant, independent, and in control of their own financial and economic destiny.”

“Not only is it smart, fiscally responsible policy, it’s an act of tough-love that will ultimately improve the well-being of Mainers who are down on their luck,” said Haines.