MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor to Introduce Tiered Welfare Bill Measure designed to turn welfare cliff into employment ladder

May 11, 2015

For Immediate Release: Monday, May 11, 2015
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage on Tuesday will unveil his bill to curb the work-discouraging effect of the “welfare cliff” by implementing a tiered welfare program that eases the transition from welfare to work.

The bill increases the TANF income disregard for those meeting the welfare work requirement, provides funding for recipients’ transportation costs, and funds a financial literacy and savings program.

Time: Tuesday, May 12, 10 a.m.
Location: Cabinet Room, Governor’s Office, State House in Augusta
Speakers: Governor LePage, DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew, HHS Committee Chairman Senator Eric Brakey

This news conference coincides with the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee holding public hearings on multiple welfare and welfare cliff-related bills Tuesday afternoon.