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Season 8, Episode 90 of 99

The Trump administration has signaled that it wants to change America's social safety net programs by adding or expanding work requirements to programs like food assistance and Medicaid. The administration has cited Maine as a positive example. The state has been at the forefront of a movement that sees mandatory work as a crucial tool for helping low-income Americans move off of welfare programs. In 2014, Maine began enforcing a three-month time limit on food aid for able-bodied adults not caring for children, unless they worked 20 hours a week, volunteered, or did job training. Those who worked saw large increases in earnings. But advocates for low-income Mainers say that hunger has actually increased since the new rules were enacted. NewsHour Weekend's Megan Thompson reports.

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