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  1. Drug testing for welfare

    I think the title pretty much summs it up. The bill that Governor Rick Scott of Florida just signed into law seems to be a pretty good start. Maine has some pretty serious substance abuse issues this may be just what we need to lower thoes numbers as well.

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      • Florida is the first state requiring drug testing to receive welfare! In signing the new law,

        Florida is the first state requiring drug testing to receive welfare! In signing the new law,

        Republican Gov. Rick Scott said, "If Floridians want welfare, they better make sure they are drug-free.

        Applicants who test positive for illicit substances won't be eligible for the funds for a year, or until they undergo treatment.

        Those who fail a second time would be banned from receiving funds for three years!

        Let's make Maine #2!!!

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        • Have a residency requirement before giving people Maine Care and other welfare.

          People should have to live in the state of Maine for 18 months before recieving Maine Care and other welfare. People from across the country are moving to Maine because they are eligible for benefits the day they cross the state line. This is rediculous! If you can last here for 18 months on your own then I have no problem letting you apply for Maine Care, until then you are on your own. There also needs to be someone checking to make sure people are actually living here, not just setting up a PO Box.

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          • Increase taxes on everyone making over 250K.

            People who make more have to pay a higher % of taxes to balance state and government budgets. I know everyone like to get a tax break but it's breaking the country. Time to pay up.

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            • Changing the way WELFARE recipients spend their monthly funds will reduce fraud!!!!

              We are all upset about the amount of our tax dollars that go to welfare, but worse is how recipients are spending it. We have all seen it, you get to the cash registers and there are cigarettes, steaks, lobsters, soda by the gallons, alcohol, premade cookies and cupcakes, candy bars, junk cereal..etc...we all also know there is a big problem with this money being spent on drugs and traded for cash.
              THE SOLUTION?????
              NO CASH...Cards only...with a restriction on them of what can be purchased. NO cigarettes...NO soda..NO alcohol..Etc Light bills, rent and cable can all be paid with…

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              • Make qualifing welfare recepients work for the state for their checks

                If you want welfare, clean a park, sweep the streets, do something. I work for my money and so should they.

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                • I think the State needs to cut welfare,

                  Welfare was set up to help people In time of need not to support people full time,,set a limit on how long people can be on welfare,,6 months maybe.? People are making a living off welfare..
                  Instead of them going to the ER make them have a primary care doctor just like anyone who has insurance.
                  Make them use their food stamps for generic products ,it will make them go further,,
                  They shouldn't be allowed to go to resturants or pizza places with food stamps,,make the buy things to cook,I don't eat out all the time it is a treat…

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                  • Stop paying for Methadone!

                    Maine Care will pay for Methadone when most insurance carriers won't. Someone can go to the Discovery Center in Bangor. They can request an increase and receive it that day. They have no programs for decreasing or getting off methadone. They compare it to having Diabetes! On top of paying for methadone, they all get reimbursed for travel from PenCap! It is a legal drug dealer and we the tax payers are footing the bill!

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                    • Privatize Child Protection

                      Maine is one of very few states who have not done this yet. Every year, DHHS investigates hundreds of cases of child abuse or neglect. A few are deemed as legitimate - abuse is happening and the legal system (police and courts) finds substantial evidence that abuse or neglect is happening. However, hundreds of complaints are made that do not go forward (in the legal system) because the legal system deems them "false reports" made by disgruntled members of the community. It's very easy to make a complaint - just call, especially if you feel abuse or neglect is taking…

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                      • Change who gets Mainecare!!!! There is way to much abuse going on!!

                        I work in a doctors office, and I see first hand how people are abusing the Maine Care system! when they can can afford the cigaretts, cell phones, designer purses, and drive a top of the line vehicle they can afford to pay their $3 copay!! I'm tired of working hard for nothing when there are all these people sitting around collecting their state checks! Drug testing needs to be done as well for people living off the state!

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                        • Maine should adopt a drug testing policy for state aid recipients.

                          Is Maine planning on adopting a drug testing policy for state aid recipients? Florida, Kentucky, and Missouri, are the first states that will require drug testing when applying for welfare. If it's okay to drug test people who work for their money, why not everyone else? If they can afford to spend their money on drugs, they shouldn't be collecting welfare and getting free insurance benifits while destroying their bodies. That money should be for taking care of basic human needs. I would welcome this testing with open arms.

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                          • Stop paying for the births of #2 #3 #4 etc.

                            After one child is born the freedom to have many more is evident as young people feel entitled to this coverage. Marriage is declined because the state will pay. Case workers are encouraging abuse. First baby, shame on them, Second, third, fourth baby, shame on us

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                            • Welfare recipients

                              As long as someone is receiving any type of state benefits they should report to their town or city government to perform some type of community service. This will make them feel better of themselves and will help to reduce town and city costs.

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                              • Have time-limited goals for disability claims

                                Time limited goals for disability claims. For instance if you are "disabled" related to mental illness, mandate a treatment plan that includes visits to therapists with a long term goal of re-entry into society. Too often there is a diagnosis of depression...bi-polar ect, with the expectation that a person cannot function in a job. Mandate treatment options with an end goal and if the person cannot function independently, perhaps we need to start placing them into facilities, instead of paying for food stamps, section 8 housing, plus living expenses from monthly social security checks. Some holds true form "chronic pain"…

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                                • money spent on transportation for people in methadone clinics

                                  each day the state of maine is spending thousands of dollars to cart people around that are in methadone clinics. weather is be by reimbursement or rides through cabs or drivers getting pd to bring them back and forth.
                                  there is a solution... did you know that after 90 days each person can put in for a take home, then after that they can keep putting in for another day and after one year they are eligible to only have to come into the clinic one day a week. I think that you need to develop a law going around…

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                                  • Stop paying for benefits for anyone that breaks the laws of society.Stop meth clinics,stop cable tv,movies,gym equipment in prisons.

                                    If someone breaks the rules of society they give up their rights.Don't let someone break the rules of any assistence program and be eligable for another.Don't give SSI to drug and alcohol abusers just because they can't get a job.Take the benefits from the lazy,the abusers,and the law breakers before you start taking from the elderly and the working class that may need temporary assistence.

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                                    • One pregnacy

                                      If a female is on Maine Care, food stamps, etc. we the tax payers should only have to pay for the first pregnacey. There are many, many females who intentionally get pregnant because they get more benefits. This is not right!! I personally know some of these people. They have no intention of getting a job...let them pay for the second and third child...I know there would be issues with abortions...but, together we should be able to come up with ideas. For instance the state would pay for the females birth control...I.U.D. We need to stop the bleeding. If you…

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                                      • Mimic Wisconsin's "Welfare to Work" program

                                        This program was enacted in the 90s and it helped vocate or revocate people in order to make them productive in society. It also placed a ten year limit to the program in general. After the ten year period, social services were a time limited handout in order to get a family back on its feet, not a career.

                                        I've talked to many people who work the system we have in Maine and they admit they would lose money by going back to work. That is just WRONG. This is not meant to be a sustaining income.

                                        John Faith
                                        Durham

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                                        • Re-legalize cannabis

                                          End the prohibition on growing, selling and possessing cannabis.

                                          Marijuana has been used for millennia by civilizations all over the world, yet it has never caused a single death. Compare that with the harmful effects of alcohol and tobacco, which are both legal, and it makes you wonder how our government comes up with its drug policy.

                                          Cannabis is currently Maine's biggest cash crop, yet it is illegal and unregulated so no tax revenue is collected. Relegalizing this plant would give the local economy a significant boost.

                                          Marijuana is an effective, natural medicine that has hardly any of the harmful…

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