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Poliquin Unveils New Welfare Reform Bill in Lewiston

Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin held a press conference in Lewiston to unveil legislation to make important changes to the welfare system, making taxpayer dollars less susceptible to abuse and fraud.

Last year, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services prosecuted a record number of welfare fraud cases, totaling more than $1.2 million in fraudulently obtained benefits. Despite the drastic uptick in welfare fraud investigations and prosecutions, the problem of welfare abuse in Maine continues to persist. This year is already on track to break last year’s record with 29 cases totaling more than $456,000 already on the books.

There is no denying that welfare abuse is a problem in Maine (and beyond). Congressman Poliquin’s proposal would deter drug dealers from using EBT cards (your hard-earned money) as currency, ensuring that these dollars go to those for whom they are intended by making the following changes to current law: