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Advocates bash plan requiring jobs for food stamps
August 20, 2014 20:14 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Advocates for the poor are urging Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration to scrap a plan that would require people to have a job to receive food stamps.

LePage's administration announced last month that it will no longer seek a federal waiver that has allowed jobless people to continue receiving benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

At a public hearing Wednesday, Clara Whitney of the Good Shepherd Food Bank said the decision will force more Mainers to seek food from places like her organization, which are already low on money and resources.

LePage's administration says that the goal is to ensure recipients become economically independent. Officials say they will work to help recipients meet the requirement by providing things like job-search training.

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