Sara Gagne-Holmes, executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners, said that this problem isn't new.
views LePage's announcement as politically motivated.
"The department has been working to come into compliance with past years for quite some time," she
"It's interesting, the timing of the governor's release.
once again trying to politicize the struggles of working families who need help to get by."
said Maine isn't alone in its struggles to comply with TANF participation rates - meaning the number of recipients who are working at least 30 hours per week - particularly among two-parent families, 90 percent of whom are supposed to be working, according to federal law.
said that category currently includes about 1,250 Maine families, more than 700 of whom include one parent who is somehow disabled.
makes it seem like we're far from meeting that," she
"All states struggle with meeting the two-parent participation rate."
Most TANF recipients are single mothers who fall into an "all family" category, where the required work participation rate is 50 percent, said Gagne-Holmes