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  1. 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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    • Save postage on unemployment mailings

      Automate the unemployment system. Instead of mailing the search logs add the search requirement to the online unemployment benefits claim. 2 sheets mailed seperately at 0.42 = 0.84 for one person a month times this by the number of unemployed (2008 stat was 39,800 people) 0.84 x 39,800=$33,432.00 est savings a month times 12 mo = $401,184.00 a year.

      Also stop mailing the weekly claim forms for people who are using the only system. ex: 39,800 x 4wks= 159,200 x cost of postage of 0.18 = $28,656.00 a month for 12 months = $343,872.00 est. savings for one year.

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        The Department of Labor is working to make it possible to receive and respond to items like work search logs by email or by using online tools.

      • Undertake a major state gov't reorganization focusing on creating the best probusiness-new job incentive program in N. E.

        The future prosperity of the State is directly dependent upon the success of efforts to attract significant private sector business growth. Below average household income and residential property taxes cannot pay for above average costs of public assistance, energy, education, government costs increases, etc. The lack of progress in this area should trigger automatic reductions in the cost of government. Weak, half hearted and unfocused ME government efforts toward job growth will only lead to further deterioration of the private sector and the failure to see the creation of significant new good paying jobs .

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        • visited ABC Made in America/ look at the map/ Maine is rated low in products !

          Have you watched the clip and visited ABC Made in America/ look at the map/ Maine is rated low in products

          http://abcnews.go.com/WN/MadeInAmerica/
          Someone needs to promote bridge in a bag or whatever it is called made at the University

          http://www.nebhe.org/newslink/umaine-center-developing-wood-composites-to-withstand-earthquakes-bridges-you-can-carry-in-duffel-bags/

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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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            • Photo ID requirement for food stamps/SNAP card

              The food stamp or SNAP program needs work. Currently person A can have a SNAP card issued to them with person A’s name on it. They can sell it to person B for 50 cents on the dollar. Person B can then shop with the card even though it has person A’s name on it because no ID check is done verifying the shopper is the person named on the SNAP/food stamp card. I suggest that a law be passed requiring photo ID verification of all users of SNAP/food stamp cards. If this law already exits I suggest it be…

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              • Require GMO food to be labeled so we can choose what we eat.

                Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food, especially concerning products for which health and environmental concerns have been raised (Raab and Grobe, 2003).

                Genetically modified foods are less nutritious, more likely to trigger an allergy, and contain higher levels of growth hormones and pesticides. Yet GM foods aren't required to be rigorously tested for food safety before they end up in grocery stores and restaurants.

                * Common genetically modified food ingredients include corn syrup from GM corn, sugar from GM sugar beets, vegetable oils from GM soy, cotton and canola, and cheese, eggs, milk and meat from…

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                • unemployment

                  I get unemployment. I always get a request for the work search log in one envelope and the a new log in ai a different envelope send them both in one maybe we can use the internet for doing the work search that would save tons in postal costsbe

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                    The Department of Labor is working to make it possible for claimants to receive and respond to items like work search logs by email or by using online tools.

                  • 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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                    • Training or Job search for State assistance

                      Anyone collecting state assistance of any type must be actively working to get off. Just as people collecting unemployment have to be training or prove that they are actively searching for a job, anyone collecting any form of state assistance must be working under the same set of rules. To even be qualified for assistance, they must have a written plan approved by a counselor for getting off assistance and be actively working toward the goals in the plan while collecting assistance.

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                      • Entice Businesses and Tourism - Bring More Money Into Maine

                        Having done a great deal of traveling I have had the opportunity to talk to an abundance of people, it is mind boggling to have come across so many people that have no idea what Maine is about, they have NEVER heard anything about Maine other than it is one of the United States and is Cold!!!! Oh yes, many have heard of Maine Lobster - but never had one. Many think we still use oil lamps, cook with wood, use outdoor facilities. I am not kidding! Many travel as far as New Hampshire because they know of them and…

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                        • iphone and health care

                          Invest in using iphone technology to do medical consultations in remote areas of the state. EMMC has begun one with their trauma service. This program should be exported to other parts of the state to save medical care and transportations costs.

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                          • Drug testing for people with state assistance

                            Drug testing should absolutely be manditory for anyone in need of welfare or any state assistance. Too many people abuse the system and this could definitely change things in the state.

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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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                              • Stay Paperless

                                I am collecting unemployment while in a Trade Readjustment retraining program. I am not required to search for work while in the program, yet every month, I still recieve two or three mailings requesting work search logs, etc. All I have to do is write on it "In approved TRA training" and send it back. SInce you know I am in the program, why send the mailings? It would save on paper, envelopes, postage... Along the same lines, I file electronically over the internet. Yet you still mail me a card every week. If you stay paperless, again, you would…

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                                • Pay for keeping well.

                                  Take a set percent (perhaps 5%?) of current spending for insurance, health care, Maine care, workers comp etc. and ensure that it is spent for wellness-related activities--perhaps as a stable funding stream to local public health partnerships, with accountable goals. "A stitch in time saves nine."

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                                  • Welfare Overhaul

                                    Maine needs to do a MAJOR overhaul to Welfare. There needs to be periodic Drug testing for Welfare. Must be an American Citizen (Already Done however Crack Down Harder on it), Must be a Maine Resident (Already Done however Crack Down Harder on it), Must have a Job if not there is only 2 other ways without a Job: State Supervised Job Searching (Check in every week with a state job office) and Disabled (Confirmed by 2 Doctors and State Officers). Also you cannot get Aid from Multiple States at all. This will fix our problems with Welfare!

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                                      The State of Maine is moving forward with a plan to conduct drug tests of convicted drug felons who are applying for or receiving welfare benefits.

                                    • Madatory drug, alcohol and tobacco testing on all welfare recipients.

                                      It is time Maine opened it eyes and stopped the rampant abuse of the welfare system. Instead of taking services away from good honest people the State should institute mandatory drug, alcohol and tobacco testing on welfare recipients it would cut the welfare roles in half. Mandatory birth control as well. If you are on State aid you have no right having more children that you can not afford. This is not rocket science. Stop the abuse you stop the shortfalls.

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                                      • Make all people on weal

                                        make all people who get welfare or state aid take a drug test each month, the same as a CLD driver has to take a test at each renewal

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                                        • Reducing welfare fraud

                                          Institute a grace period for welfare fraudsters of one year. Anyone currently cheating welfare will not be prosecuted. After end of the grace period (1 year or 6 months whatever will work for the enforcement agency) anyone found to be cheating the welfare system in any way will face SEVERE repercussions, not the least of which will be public documentation of the details of their fraudulent activities. Monetary penalties handed out as feasible in addition to mandatory public service as well as a 5 year moratorium on collecting any state or local assistance.

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