ELLSWORTH, Maine—Gov. Paul LePage has reiterated his call for welfare reform in Maine, including drug testing for some welfare recipients.
The Republican also said at a town hall meeting in Ellsworth on Thursday that high energy costs and burdensome regulations deter business growth in the state.
LePage says Maine has overly generous benefit programs that need to be brought in line with federal standards. He says people are drawn from other states to take advantage of Maine's generosity.
Even though the Legislature killed his proposal to require MaineCare recipients to undergo drug testing, he is still pressing for it.
The Bangor Daily News (http://bit.ly/vWWzjc) reports that one person pointed out that "warrantless" drug tests have been ruled unconstitutional. LePage said until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the issue, they are constitutional.
Information from: Bangor Daily News, http://www.bangordailynews.com