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Cutler Calls for Welfare Reform 

(AP) – Independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler has outlined a welfare-reform plan that emphasizes work, tiered benefits and greater accountability. Cutler said Wednesday that welfare reforms are needed in a state where one out of every three or four Mainers is receiving some form of assistance. He said fraud and abuse are only part of the problem. The biggest problem is the state of the economy that keeps people from working. Cutler’s proposed reforms call for closer scrutiny for eligibility, stronger requirements for searching for work, verification of state residency and a tiered system that weans recipients from welfare as they find work so they don’t get kicked off the rolls before they’re ready.