The Coastal Packet: Meet Mary Mayhew

Monday, March 9

Meet Mary Mayhew

Edgar Allen Beem, Forecaster - As DHHS commissioner, [Mary] Mayhew has thrown 6,500 Mainers off Medicaid, refused federal funds that would have extended health insurance to 60,000 others, fired veteran mental health staff, lost federal funding and accreditation for the state mental hospital, overseen a disastrous RideShare program that left clients stranded and taxpayers paying a small fortune to incompetent ride brokers, and spent close to $1 million on a politically motivated welfare study by a partisan hack who plagiarized much of it.

Mayhew has reserved her special wrath for Portland, Maine’s social services Mecca. To begin with, she moved the Portland office of DHHS from the conveniently located Bayside neighborhood to a Republican-owned office building out by the jetport, where no one can walk to it. That’s one way to reduce the case load. Now she is threatening to defund the city for providing general assistance to immigrant asylum seekers and is waging an all-out war on the poor of Portland.


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