DHHS head promises more welfare reform efforts in Maine


AUGUSTA (AP) — The chief of Maine’s human services agency says Gov. Paul LePage will continue his efforts to reform the state’s welfare system in his second term.

The Kennebec Journal (http://bit.ly/13C6TOv ) reported that Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, said at a business event Wednesday that the administration plans to pursue restrictions on food stamps and cash welfare benefits, while expanding job training to Medicaid recipients when the Legislature convenes next month.

The Republican governor tried unsuccessfully to get similar ideas through the Democrat-led Legislature over the past two years.

LePage has said he wants to reduce a reliance on public assistance and cut back on fraud.

Mayhew says the administration’s plans are aimed at protecting Maine’s “limited resources.”