The policy has already had a huge impact, with illegal’s fleeing in droves. Now, just 6 months later, Governor Paul LePage of Maine is making good on another promise: to put an end to the welfare leeches in his state, once and for all. …
Governor LePage passed a measure last year that requires recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) to complete a certain number of work, job-training, or volunteer hours in order to be eligible for assistance. The new requirement has resulted in a dramatic decline in food stamp enrollment.
At the end of 2014 the enrollment count for SNAP was approximately 12,000 individuals. Now that individuals have to complete either 20 hours of part-time work a week, volunteer for at least 24 hours per month, or get involved in a vocational program, the amount of SNAP recipients has dramatically dropped from 12,000 to approximately 2,500 by the end of March — a nearly 80% reduction in state aid.
The truly needy still get their assistance, while the able-bodied will have to get up from in front of their widescreens and do something positive with their lives. It looks like Maine no longer has a guarantee check in the mail policy.