There's no doubt that showing compassion to others is the Maine way. I believe that we have an obligation to provide a safety net for those with the highest needs, but our ability to provide has been undermined by expanding benefits to those with lesser needs. In short, through the efforts of some over a long period of time, Maine has become overly generous toward too many people.
I believe that the best thing we can do to protect our most vulnerable is to make sure that Maine's safety net benefits are in line with the national average, remain focused on those truly in need, and are sustainable for generations to come. I also believe that we can help our most vulnerable by giving them opportunities to find dignity in becoming self-sufficient when they are able to do so.