In a time of economic volatility, we need to assure that every government expenditure is handled as efficiently and strategically as possible. That said, we should not allow reckless cuts in our social service programs, which have recently been framed more in terms of fraud than about poverty and real need. Needs are serious in Portland, and in Maine as a whole. Of course we must work to assure efficiency in program delivery, and we should root out anyone who is, in fact, abusing Maine's social service network, but most recipients of "welfare" are hard working Mainers with jobs.
We need to maintain our social safety net, and to continue efforts to combat social problems. I commend Governor LePage for focusing attention on domestic violence, which is an epidemic that crosses all social and class lines.