The Coastal Packet: LePage wants to slice $70 million from welfare budget

Wednesday, January 11

LePage wants to slice $70 million from welfare budget

Maine Public Broadcasting - In his two-year state budget, Gov. Paul LePage is proposing ... proposing nearly $70 million in cuts to welfare programs. The largest cut would eliminate able-bodied parents, whose income is 40 percent of the federal poverty level, from the Medicaid program.

“We’ve already seen 40,000 Maine people lose access to health insurance as the result of cuts to the MaineCare program, and so now we are going to see thousands more,” says Robyn Merrill with Maine Equal Justice Partners, a low-income advocacy group. “These are low income — they are low-wage working parents.”

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