At first glance, it looks like overall the general assistance is much higher than what is used by the Somalian population. Closer look reveals that 10% of the general population uses 24% of the available funds.
How about all of the other added costs to the city and schools that aren't quite as apparent such as all of the extra staff hired by city departments for interpreters and community relations people.
Finally someone comes out and says it like it is. If you are living in Maine because the free ride is easy, go away. That goes for everyone that came here during the 70's recession when the Feds handed Lewiston construction dollars to build housing. Everyone moved here for a "better way of life." Well, they brought their baggage with them and slowly chipped away at our "better way of life." The same thing happened in the early 80's when the economy struggled. The feds handed out money for anyone willing to build more housing to take in the needy "looking for a better way of life. Has anyone tracked all of the dollars spent for social services across this time span? I am not just talking about the money budgeted for this line item. I am also talking about the money, normally budgeted for something else that gets transferred after the fact, to pay for these social services costs.
I get tired of hearing all of the democratic whining about those doing well not paying their fair share. To me fair share is paying for what you use. Just like going into a store, if you buy something you pay for it. Fair share isn't a penalty for making good decisions, working hard and wanting to EARN a better way of life.
Great job to all of those that continue to work at improving their lives. We are all born with an equal opportunity and it is this type of decision that shapes the type of life you live.
I enjoy reading about people and their positive achievements.