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For Immediate Release

Date: 12/17/13

Governor to Reintroduce GOP Leader's Welfare Reform Bills

Reforms originally banned from 2014 session by Dem leaders

AUGUSTA - Governor LePage announced Tuesday that he will re-introduce two welfare reform bills originally introduced by House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport, but denied admission to the 2014 legislative session by Democratic leaders.

The Governor is able to introduce legislation at any time without approval by the Legislative Council, which contains a 6-4 Democratic majority. Both of Rep. Fredette's bills were rejected along party lines by the Council.

One of the bills would require able-bodied TANF welfare applicants to apply for at least three jobs prior to receiving benefits. The other would tighten exceptions to participation in the ASPIRE welfare-to-work program to address abuses.

"I would like to thank Governor LePage for ensuring that these welfare reforms will have a chance to receive public hearings and floor votes," said Rep. Fredette. "These are commonsense reforms of the kind that Maine people are crying out for. Mainers work hard to provide a helping hand for our neediest neighbors and we owe it to them to ensure that their help is going to the people who need it and not those who are able to help themselves."

"Governor LePage has done more to reform welfare than any other governor in modern Maine history," added Fredette. "We still have a long way to go, however, to break the cycle of intergenerational dependency, and I am asking my Democratic colleagues to join us in this effort."

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