Governor Paul LePage is seeking to make Mainers with assets over $5,000 and who don't have children to be ineligible for food stamps. The new plan was announced today by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The assets would include bank account balances, snowmobiles, boats, motorcycles, jet skis, ATV's, recreational vehicles, campers and other valuable assets. The household's primary vehicle would not count towards the $5,000 in assets.

A public hearing on this proposed rule, which would apply to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is set for October 6th in Augusta.

The rule change, if approved, would affect about 8,600 Mainers on food stamps.

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