POLL: Do you agree with the state's new program to put photos on EBT cards, despite the federal government's warnings?
A new program that hopes to decrease fraud in Maine’s welfare programs started recently in Bangor, where some Electric Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards were replaced with new ones featuring photo identification.
The new project adds a photo ID to EBT cards that can be used like debit cards by recipients. The cards are used to buy food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, and cash benefits through a program known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a letter opposing this change, saying Maine is moving too fast and is at risk of losing federal funding for the programs.