February 14

People don’t understand common terms about welfare


The issues of MaineCare and food stamps are of great importance and significance in the lives of many people. There is not enough information for citizens to make their concerns to their representatives.

What is 35 percent of the federal poverty level? Does the percentage change? What is the federal poverty level? These terms are very frequently used in the media but what do they mean? The average voter needs this information in order to be informed and consult with their representatives about proposed legislation.

Also, what may food stamps be used to buy and what may they not be used to buy?

Beverly S. RobbinsGardiner
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