Media Advisory: Governor to Introduce Welfare Reform Bill

April 3, 2015

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 03, 2015
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – In an effort to continue reforming the Maine welfare system and improving the successful welfare-to-work program, Governor Paul R. LePage will introduce a comprehensive welfare reform bill on Monday.

The Governor’s bill will include several initiatives:

•Prevent the use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits for alcohol,tobacco products, lottery tickets and bail;
•Prohibit TANF recipients from using EBT cards to access TANF benefits out of state;
•Require job-ready TANF applicants to look for three jobs before receiving welfare benefits; and
•Strengthen penalties for people who abuse the system.

Additional initiatives contained in the legislation will be released at the news conference.

Governor LePage will join DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, Senate President Michael Thibodeau, House Republican Leader Ken Fredette, other legislators and special guests at the news conference in the Governor’s Cabinet Room.

WHEN: 1 p.m., Monday, April 06
WHERE: Office of the Governor, Cabinet Room, Augusta