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  1. Stop home visits for new borns

    If someone has a baby in the hospital, they are approached by nurses to have home visit. If you say no thank you, you'll be told that it was free at no cost. If you say no thank you,.a social worker will come in to encourage you to sign up for a home visit. I did not realize that Maine paid nurses to come to peoples homes at no cost to anyone??? They will not leave your alone about it. With so many programs being cut, I feel this is one that is not necessary. Please say no to home…

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    • Hire some qualified people at DHHS.

      Hire an Administrative Hearing Officer that actually "hears" both sides of a case so that the same case isnt appealed 4 times. Stop siding with people that just dont want to work. Stop making excuses for the people that think welfare is a way of life so they can continue to live that way

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      • Move the DHHS office in Bangor into the Dorthea Center.

        There is more than ample room at *** to house all the agencies housed in the Griffin Road office. Maine currently pays exhorbitant lease fees for the Griffin Road location. Both places are on the bus route and technical support services are already at the *** Center. *** is saved and Maine saves a bundle. It's a win/win situation.

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        • Stop paying 11.54% of many state employees retirement.

          Why are we paying 11.54% of many state employees gross pay into their retirement account. No wonder the state budget is in trouble. All state employees should be treated equally and the state should contribute accordingly. We should not have various classes where some are singled out for special treatment. I think for taxpayers to pay $115.40 into the retirement system for every $1,000 an employee makes is one of the reasons this state is in trouble. You want see this type of contribution in private business.

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          • Try putting peoples pictures on government funded benefits; like food cards.

            If pictures are put on food cards it would make it ****** to sell these to get cash & the receipient might actually use the food card to feed themselves and their families. Hard working people cannot get benefits if they are having a period of hard times unless they spead all their hard earn savings. Most of the people receiving government funds are happy to have the government hand them everything and do NOT try to work; but they reap the benefits! It's like our government promotes citizens to be dependent on government funds. It is easier to have…

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            • Protest against cutting vanpools

              Cutting out GoMaine vanpools will cost more in the long run, cause more pollution, and cause hardship for many.

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              • Get rid of obsolete town government!

                Many so-called townships do not have a town center or offer services, but citizens living in these townships are left depending on inefficient offices to process their property taxes, vehicle registrations, etc. and contract for things like fire/rescue, snow plowing, animal control and animal sheltering. Putting these responsibilities at the state or county level would allow pooling of resources, prevent conflict at or near town lines, and provide more efficient service for all!

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                  • Keep in Place the Consumer Directed Personal Care Program.

                    This Program keeps disabled people in their homes and Out of Nursing Homes. This saves the State THOUSANDS of Dollars. Be sensible, keep a program that ALREADY saves money from the DHHS budget. I dare you to see the savings and save this program.

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                    • Start calling the vehicle excise tax what it actually is, a luxury tax...

                      I just had the pleasure (ahem) of being introduced to the State of Maine's vehicle excise tax. The official state website reads:

                      WHY IS THE TAX BASED ON MSRP?

                      Excise Tax was designed with equity in mind. In 1925, this tax was enacted as a Maine Law. At that time, the Legislature decided that the fairest tax assessment would be based on what the manufacturer suggests it sell for.

                      This law remained in effect for over 75 years to ensure that everyone who drives the same vehicle pay the same amount of tax.

                      Shouldn't everyone who drives on our roadways…

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                      • BUILD INFRASTRUCTURE FIRST. CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR LARGER BUS.

                        MAINE CAN'T SURVIVE WITHOUT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEW INFRASTRUCTURE WHICH WILL DRAW BUSINESS TO MAINE, AND GIVE INCENTIVES BY OFFERING FREE TAX TIL THE BUSINESS SHOWS A LIVABLE PROFIT. TRY TO GET FED BUSINESS UP IN THE RURAL NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST AREAS, I.E. HOULTON, PRESQUE ISLE , LINCOLN, CAROLL PLANTATION, CALAIS, BARING (REBUILD THE SMALL AIRPORT THERE), SPRINGFIELD, WOODLAND, PRINCETON, FARMINGTON, ETC.

                        EXPAND YOUR EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR YOUR PEOPLE,

                        PUT YOUR GEOLOGSTS TO WRK BIG TIME! GO UNIVERSITY OF MAINE. REBUILD YOUR FORESTRY.

                        GET SOME HELP FROM YOUR SISTER STATES. MIT HAS SOME GOOD PEOPLE WHO CAN ASSIST TO…

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                        • any baby born addicted to drugs whos parent(s) are on maincare,foodstamps, tanf or all 3 should not be able to collect any of these programs

                          take drug addicts off the welfare system when you give birth to a drug addicted baby while collecting welfare that should be enough evidents that people are using walfare to buy drugs and having babies to keep a steady income for their drug use and also to save some money why dont you get rid of the program (child protected services)as they dont want to be bothered with phone calls drug test parents and dont tell them when your going to do it surprise them send some one to their home. and get rid of useless programs.

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                          • Stop full welfare benefits for single parents after a limited amount of time

                            I think the welfare system needs a complete overhaul. Woman who have multiple children with different men and get extra cash and food benefits. The deadbeat fathers need to be held reliable NOT the taxpayers. If the state IS paying benefits it should be for a limited amount of time until the parent can find a job, in which case benefits could be lessened, or go to school and earn a degree. People should be forced to work or volunteer at least 10 hours weekly to recieve food stamps/ Mainecare/ TANF. There should be inspections and more investigations against those…

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                              • Reduce the state speed limit to 55 MPH

                                I would like to see the state speed limit reduced to 55 MPH to save every Mainer money at the pump. With the ever increasing price of gas, we need Gov. LePage to take a stand for all of us. In the 70's the national speed limit was 55 to save gas in the enegry crisis. I consider us not only in an energy crisis, but an entire economic crisis. I only drive 50 highway miles a day, however, traveling 55 vs. 65 saves me about $7.00 a week at current gas prices. I do take my life in my…

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                                • Run data across silos (stove pipes) on State systems

                                  Recently I needed to renew my Maine Drivers’ License.
                                  Required were;
                                  1: A copy of my Birth Certificate (DHHS) or Passport (US).
                                  2: A copy of a recent bill with my name and address on it. (I took the postcard from the Secretary of State’s office (BMV) with me)

                                  Both DHHS and BMV already had me in their computer systems (APPS) however they do not 'share' data with each other, do not talk to each other and are in different silos (or stove pipes) that could connect but don't. Currently taxpayers have to 'walk' the data between the two APPS…

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                                  • STOP GIVING WELFARE RECIPIENTS A TAX RETUN. THE STATE SHOULD TAKE THEIR RETURN AND PUT IT BACK INTO THE BUDGET,

                                    I dont believe that welfare recipients should receive a tax refund. The state should keep every cent that the government gives them back to help offset the cost of their "care". Imagine what the state could do with that money, probably something better than what the recipient would do with it !!! I mean what recipient is going to take $4,000 and buy food with it, or actually pay for thier own medical insurance, or pay for some of their own heating fuel....No, .......keep it from them and use towards what the state has given to them all year, lift…

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                                    • Stop double-dipping on pensions.

                                      Some government employees retire and start collecting pensions. They then return to work and get paid in addition to receiving their pension. In private industry, the pension is abated while the person is re-employed and the the pension is re-started once they retire again.

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                                      • Stop giving illegal imagrants Mainecare etc

                                        Simply stop giving help to people from other countries

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                                        • state vehicles

                                          i think that state owned vehicles shouldn't be brought home after work hours or weekends(unless in law enforcement capacity) why should tax payers foot the bill for free transportation and fuel cost.

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