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  1. 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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    • 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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      • How about having prisoners cut up the fallen trees in the woods for those in need of heating assistance.

        I know that there are many people that need heating assistance. I also know that there are many dead trees along side the road that could be harvested and given to those in need. How about having prisoners cut these trees and give them to those needing assistance! It would help both those needing assistance and the prisoners that really need to do some work.

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          This would require crew bosses and transport vehicles. DOC would be willing to consider a partnership with a non-profit for this type of venture as a community restitution project.

        • 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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          • Anyone on PUBLIC ASSISTANCE found guilty of committing a violent crime must be taken off PUBLIC ASSISTANCE immediately upon conviction.

            Anyone found guilty of committing a violent crime while on PUBLIC ASSISTANCE must be taken off PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.

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            • Dear Gov LePage, What about the idea of co-pay with Maine Care?

              The days of going into a doctors office and having your visit covered 100% is over for most of us who have private healthcare. Why not add copays to Maine Care health and dental? With much thought, if you chose, you could adjust the copays with the type of service - just as most private health care does. For ex. $20 copay for office visits, $75 copay for ER visits, etc.

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              • HAVE A $1.00 SCRATCH TICKET DESIGNATED FOR A SPECIFIC CAUSE

                HAVE A $1.00 SCRATCH TICKET DESIGNATED FOR A SPECIFIC CAUSE
                The revenue from scratch tickets goes into the general fund. Instead we could designate several $1.00 scratch tickets to go to a specific cause, such as, LIHEAP or D.O.T. for repairing pot holes, etc., as supplemental funding. Three months later or longer change the tickets for another worthy cause. I think people might like to know that the money they spent on a scratch ticket would go to a project they support. It could be done on a trial basis to see how it would work. It should not cost…

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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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                  • make texting while driving the same a oui

                    A relative died because of texting and driving and beleive me it was her fault she got caught in maine and kept doing it in georgia. that fact is it has replaced drunk driving as the #1 cause of death on the roads if people are caught texting they should loose there right to a lisence and go through courses and pay a ton of fines because they are worse then a drunk driver on our roads

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                    • Folks, I proposed cost saving in DHHS OACPDS - Developmental Services that would reduce the cost of Home Support services by $40,000,000.00.

                      Transition 25% of the 2,800 individuals who have mental retardation and/or autism living in Group Home living arrangements (cost: average $120,000 year) to Shared Living Homes (cost: $47,000 year). In most situations, individuals are likely to enjoy the opportunity to live with one adult or a couple or a family that would provide the support that the individual requires. If we transition 550 individuals (25%) to Shared Living Homes, we will realize a savings of $40,077,000. This initiative, similar to theLegislative initiative in 2007 to transition 200 individuals from Group Home (Comprehensive Waiver Section 21) to Shared Living Homes over…

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                      • Re-Open ALL the rest areas closed by the Baldachii administration on this states Highways

                        The rest areas on the highways need to be re-opened, this state is boosting it is open for buisness, just dont get tired or need to relieve yourself driving throught the state, because most of the rest areas are CLOSED and gated off. Truckers need places to rest, tourists need places to rest this state seems not to friendly to travelers needs

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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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                          • 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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                              • As to Mainecare, I witness Drs' feeding off Mainecare by recommending each other.

                                A friend was in counseling, the counselor ( takes Mainecare) recommended my friend go to a Dr to lose weight,(takes Mainecare)
                                also recommended her to a case worker (Mainecare pays the case worker). All of these people are feeding off Mainecare, they found how to operate the Mainecare system. I couldn't believe it.

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                                • TAKE THE TIME TO INVESTIGATE WHO IS GETTING WELFARE.

                                  Taking the time to investigate whether a person is eligible for welfare should be a top concern. Workers comp companies investigate people all the time. Shouldn't people recieving "free" money be deemed worthy in real time and not just on paper? Im so sick of hearing about how all these people on the "system" have the newest phones, no co-pays when they go to the doctors office, cable television, etc. Welfare is for times of need and should never ever be a way of life.

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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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                                    • Provide low interest short term loans to single parents versus welfare.

                                      Deter inviduals from having more children while on state assistance by providing a short term unsecure loan with a deadline to commence repayment. This would influence job seeking. Like individuals on unemployment require job search.

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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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                                        • I believe that if someone is on TANF they should not get an increase in funds because they have more kids after the first one.

                                          I believe if a person is on TANF because they have a child they should not receive an increase for having another baby. Its not supposed to be an entitlement.

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