Reduced Food Stamp and MaineCare enrollment by over 20% each by tightening eligibility requirements. Maine's Medicaid enrollment in 2010 was No. 2 in the nation per capita; by 2015, it was reduced to the national average.
Reinstated work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults on Food Stamps, reducing welfare dependency by over 80%. They must now work 20 hours per week, volunteer or pursue job training to receive benefits.
Implemented an "asset test" for welfare, prohibiting those with boats, RVs, ATVs, jet skis, or other non-essential assets worth over $5,000 from receiving benefits.
Limited on the number of replacement EBT cards that may be issued, preventing the trafficking of EBT cards for drugs.
Strengthened DHHS's welfare fraud unit, increasing its investigation referrals to prosecutors by ten-fold.
Removed Maine's status as a "Sanctuary State."
Banned the purchase of tobacco, alcohol, lottery tickets, bail and tattoos with TANF cash.
Placed a five-year limit on cash welfare benefits, resulting in almost a 64% reduction in cases.
Brought accountability to the welfare system by requiring drug testing for welfare recipients convicted of drug crimes.
Alleviated fraud and discouraged the trading of EBT cards for illegal drugs by putting photo ID on EBT cards.