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“Job” is Not a Dirty Word


Today, Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, was a guest on The Daily Signal to talk about recent welfare reforms in Maine that encourage employment. She also discussed how Maine reduced the number of childless adults on food stamps significantly from 13,322 in December of 2014 to 2,768 in March of 2015.

According to Commissioner Mayhew, welfare programs have trapped people in poverty. She said, “A job is not a dirty word. A job is what contributes to self-esteem, to self-worth, to human dignity and to really change someone’s life, we need to get them on that pathway to prosperity and out of poverty through a job.”

“And I think it’s important for everyone to keep in mind, that if you are on one of these programs, it means you are living in poverty, and we should absolutely refuse to accept that that is the way of life that should be accepted for these individuals, that we actually believe in their potential.”

To view the full interview, click here.

About Krysta West

Krysta West

Krysta West is the Communications Director for The Maine Heritage Policy Center. Prior to her time with MHPC, Krysta served as a Legislative Assistant at the National Rifle Association. Krysta is a native of Arundel, Maine, and has served as an aide in the Maine Legislature.

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