- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Independent candidate Eliot Cutler’s multi-part plan for overhauling Maine’s welfare system includes requiring some former recipients with jobs to pay back a part of their income to support early childhood care.

Cutler said that people who received benefits for more than 18 months and make at least three times the poverty level would for a few years have to pay a percentage of their taxable income back to the state.

Among other ideas is creating a tiered system so benefits are lowered over time when someone gets a job, instead of immediately cut off.

Cutler, who’s in a race with Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud, also outlines efforts to root out fraud and abuse, like limiting how much cash recipients can withdraw from ATMs.




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