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MEGAN THOMPSON:

Hamilton points to the state’s experience with yet another social safety net program: the original “welfare to work” program promoted by President Bill Clinton in the 1990’s.

It’s called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.

In Maine, to qualify for TANF a recipient must have low or no income and be caring for a child. In order to help those recipients get jobs, the state provides not only cash assistance, but also subsidized transportation and childcare. As well as personalized support and job search classes.

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