Alexander Report: Maine’s welfare too generous, unsustainable

Alexander Report: Maine’s welfare too generous, unsustainable


LIVE IN SANFORD, SW, WMTW, NEWS 8. MAINE’S WELFARE SYSTEM NEEDS SOME BELT-TIGHTENING. THAT’S THE RECOMMENDATION FROM THE CONSULTANT WHO HAS STUDIED THE STATE FOR SEVEN MONTHS. W-M-T-W NEWS 8’S PAUL MERRILL IS LIVE IN AUGUSTA… WHERE HE HAS BEEN READING THE PORTION OF THE ALEXANDER REPORT, RELEASED TODAY. THE ADMINISTRATION RELEASED THE 228- PAGE REPORT BEFORE GOVERNMENT LEADERS HAD THE CHANCE TO FULLY DIGEST IT FOR THEMSELVES. THE STUDY SEEMS TO ECHO THE MANTRA OF THE LEPAGE ADMINISTRATION THAT MAINE’S WELFARE BENEFITS ARE TOO GENEROUS AND UNSUSTAINABLE. GARY ALEXANDER IS THE CONSULTANT WHOSE FIRM IS BEING PAID ALMOST $1 MILLION TO STUDY MAINE’S WELFARE SYSTEM. HE IS RECOMMENDING THAT MAINE FOLLOW HIS HOME STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND APPLY FOR A FEDERAL WAIVER THAT WILL ALLOW IT TO CONSOLIDATE AND STREAMLINE ITS MEDICAID PROGRAMS. THIS PART OF THE ALEXANDER REPORT ALSO SAYS MAINE NEEDS TO DO MORE TO ENCOURAGE WEFLARE RECIPIENTS TO FIND WORK. IT SUGGESTS CREATING INCENTIVES FOR EMPLOYERS TO HIRE WELFARE RECIPIENTS. THE REPORT ALSO DESCRIBES A GENERAL ASSISTANCE AID PROGRAM THAT HAS RUN AMOCK. WE SPOKE WITH STATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSIONER MARY MAYHEW LATE THIS AFTERNOON. 08:37:06-08:37:33 Mary Mayhew/DHHS Commissioner: “It’s about: how do you continue to do more with less? We know we have scarce resources. We know that we will be dealing with potential cuts at the federal level. We just went through sequestration. We went through the federal shutdown. We need to be able to maximize these resources and hold ourselves accountable for producing the best possible outcomes for vulnerable individuals and families.” DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO SAY THIS WHOLE STUDY IS POLITICAL AND THAT, ALL ALONG, GARY ALEXANDER HAS BEEN TELLING GOVERNOR LEPAGE WHAT HE WANTS TO HEAR. TODAY’S DEADLINE IS THE ONLY ONE OF FIVE DEADLINES THAT GARY ALEXANDER HAS ACTUALLY MET. COMMISSIONER MAYHEW SAYS THERE IS MORE WORK ON THE WAY. LIVE IN AUGUSTA, PAUL MERRILL, WMTW NEWS EIGHT.

Daniel Yohans

2 thoughts on “Alexander Report: Maine’s welfare too generous, unsustainable

  1. brendan71488 says:

    About time. The job market in Maine is not as bad as many other states. People need to stop being lazy and get a job, however on that note, we do need to do more training for people who are disabled or old, so they can have a chance in the job market, but I don't think tax payers should be paying for someone to sit at home and be on the computer all day in their mother's basement. If that's what you want to do, go work at Google. 

  2. Deus non favebat tua incepto says:

    How about cut Nuclear Welfare and feed the children!

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