Workfare is Slavery

Yesterday Paul LePage stated that he would not renew the Federal Waiver for SNAP recipients[1], despite Maine's unemployment rates qualifying us for the waiver.

This means that any able bodied person seeking public assistance would have to participate in "workfare."  

As somebody who has received SNAP benefits while working, I can tell you that the problem isn't that people aren't working, it's that work doesn't pay enough to live on.

The Green Party's platform states that:

"Forcing welfare recipients to accept jobs that pay wages below a livable income (“a living wage”) drives wages down and exploits workers for private profit at public expense. We reject “workfare” as a form a slave labor." [2]

Here in Maine, the Maine Green Party is proud to join in coalition with Socialist Alternative and Code Pink in a campaign to raise Maine out of poverty by fighting for a $15/hr minimum wage.

It is through raising the minimum wage, and creating jobs transforming our economic, energy, and transportation sectors through a Green New Deal jobs program, that we will rise to meet the twin catastrophes of a collapsing economy and a destabilized climate.

Please join me in supporting the work of the Maine Green Independent Party's work to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour.

Now, For the Future!

Asher Platts
Chair, Maine Green Independent Party & Green Party Candidate for State Senate

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