The Obama administration gave a cold shoulder to Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to bar Mainers from spending food stamps on soda and candy. LePage "is optimistic the new administration will approve his revived proposal," says The Associated Press, adding that lawmakers in Tennessee and Alabama are pursuing the same idea.
Escalating a feud with the federal government, Gov. Paul LePage said Maine would pull out of the food stamp program, potentially cutting off benefits for 190,000 residents, if not allowed to ban purchase of junk food. An aide said LePage "did not threaten to end the program, he threatened to stop administering it ... so the feds would be forced to administer it in Maine."