This General Election, Mainers have three Candidates to choose from for Governor. There are 151 seats to be filled in the House, and 35 in the Senate.
Why don't Mainers get to participate in selecting State Officials, like the Attorney General and the Secretary of State?
Maine DHHS is being scrutinized after severe problems within the Department and Child Protective Services have surfaced.
"Gov. Janet Mills wants to strengthen the office of child welfare ombudsman, hire more child welfare workers to fill critical gaps and expand family support following a jump in child deaths."-David Sharp, AP
Report highlights weaknesses and strengths in response to reports of child abuse/neglect cases.
Maine Legislature recommends DHHS and the Office of Child Protective Services be investigated after for the mishandling of cases. https://www.wabi.tv/2021/07/14/maine-lawmakers-call-government-oversight-committee-investigate-dhhs/
Substance abuse and addiction are on the rise and services for treatment and mental health are on the decline, adding to the continuing increase in homelessness.
Stories of young men committing violent and severe crimes are becoming a frequent occurrence; reflected in media. Often, individuals exhibit signs of distress or concerning behavior prior to committing severely violent acts.
The number of homeless individuals through out the state is increasing. The number of families without permanent housing has increased. The number of students enrolled in school experiencing homelessness is on the rise. Shelters are full and the number of individuals without shelter on any given night is also increasing.
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