Keep in mind that many of those receiving SNAP are already employed.
It's just that they are working at a place like WalMart or Marden's or a convenience store that don't pay a living wage.
Olympia Consulting, which is owned by Stavros Mendros, was paid nearly $50,000 for work on the casino question.
It should come as no surprise that one of the lead groups encouraging young people to not purchase health insurance is the creation of the Koch brothers - Generation Opportunity.
The report from Pew Charitable Trusts remains online, and has NOT been corrected:
Remember when then candidate Paul LePage told the story of one of his best employees at Marden's, a young single mother of two? And how he couldn't give her a 50 cent raise (to $10.50 and hour) because she told him it would effect her welfare benefits? He called her his "poster child."
It's just that $37 million is being divided amongst the 23,000 residents of Auburn.
First, the state covers a large portion of the overall school budget.
Second, federal funds cover an additional portion of the school budget.
Third, the remainder is derived from property taxes, that is, taxes assessed on all real estate, not just residential buildings.
Of course, the new state budget has reduced Revenue Sharing by about 35%. This means that local property owners will need to pick up the difference. But it could have been worse:
Gov. LePage proposed to eliminate Revenue Sharing entirely.
LePage may have released $30,000 to help Lewiston fire victims, but not until after he said he didn't have a discretionary fund:
Imagine that instead of sneaking the proposed change into the Kennebec Journal, the LePage administration had reached out privately to legislative leaders to discuss it. Imagine if the LePage administration had given a heads up to environmental groups, to hear their concerns before they went public with it.
Imagine if the LePage administration had actually tried to work as a team.
And keep in mind that Republicans refused to allow a public option that would compete on an equal footing with for-profit health insurance plans.
It's amazing when you think about: for-profit health insurance provides no actual health care, initially denies many legitimate claims in hopes that they don't have to pay them, and actually makes higher profits when costs rise.
Poliquin makes it sound like his "regular service station" is the corner garage owned by a hard working local.
But really, how many of these locally owned "regular service stations" employ over 50 people?
Or to put it more bluntly, Poliquin is being deceitful. Only national chains employ over 50 people.
What Poliquin doesn't explain is that these new part-time employees will now likely qualify for Medicaid, the federal health insurance program for the working poor.
Poliquin opposed Medicaid expansion, which would have provided coverage for the " cheerful young worker" that he uses as a political prop.
Indeed - elections do matter.