Feds to Maine: Reinstall labor mural or repay funding
April 5th, 2011
03:11 PM ET
4 years ago

Feds to Maine: Reinstall labor mural or repay funding

(CNN) - The federal government says it wants back money it provided to Maine if the state's governor does not reinstall a mural the funds helped pay for in its Department of Labor building.

"We understand ... the mural is no longer on display in your headquarters," Gay Gilbert, a senior U.S. Labor Department official, wrote in a letter this week to the Maine department. "Thus, it is no longer being used for an administrative purpose permitted by the Reed Act."

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  1. Shawn

    Governor 38% is a disgrace to Maine. He's disgusting.

    April 5, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    "We have reviewed the letter and are assessing what it may mean for the agency moving forward,"

    It is pretty straight forward it goes something like this, pay up or STFU and reinstall the mural, moron.

    April 5, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. bob

    God get 'em. Should never have taken it down in the first place. It honors all workers.

    April 5, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Ooooh. This is where earmarks are useful. If you do not use the prescribed funds as intended, then you have to pay it back. Just ask Gov. Christie about that. He knows all about it.

    He cancelled a high speed rail project, kept the money, and enacted a tax cut. He has been fairly quiet about having to pay it back, too. He's had to cut more jobs out of the state's budget yet again, and not because of a lack of funding. He had to cut because of his own policies, just like this issue is over policy not a lack of funding.

    I expect the state to cut their budget and come up with the money. This is all about making a principled stand. Never mind the fact that you made a mistake. You don't want to double down on the intial mistake by making the mistake of backing down from your own principles.

    Does that make sense to you?

    April 5, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    HAHAHAHA. And why is it that CNN failed to report on the scathing letter sent to him from 8 of his own GOPer cronies int eh state legislature telling him to tone down the anti-labor rhetoric teatard babble?

    Oh, and someone needs to send in a FOIA request for all the alleged complaints he claims to have received about it. People need to know who to boycott.

    April 5, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. RiffRaff

    Hilarious! What a brilliant idea-remove a pro labor mural from the Dept of Labor because it offends businesses. At least the repugs are wearing their Pro Business lapel pins for the country to see this time-union busting,wage capping,deregulation of all business and blatent disgust for the lesser 98% of the populace. how does alienating the majority help anything?

    April 5, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    For those of you who think requiring the money to be paid back, please think again. This is done to contractors all of the time on private and public contruction projects. It is known as "back charging". It is a means to avoid having to overpay for something.

    For example. You construct a building. Your contractor signs on to install 5 sets of ceiling lights in the corridors of each floor. The contractor only installs 4 sets per floor. You demand a refund by sending him a bill known as a back charge. Sometimes this can work the other way around, too.

    April 5, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The people that were complaining about the mural probably are the same corporate CEO's who do not observe Labor Day. To borrow from the Maine governors phraseology, LePage can kiss by butt. Pay back the taxpayers money you moron.

    April 5, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    I guess this means conservatives don't believe in hard work or working people. What a surprise, especially considering how much money the blue states pay out to support lazy-a$$ conservatives in the red states. You figure they ought to be greatful.

    April 5, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    Lepage, along with Walker and Strickland are out to destroy unions. They don't care about working men and women in this country. Their only concern is giving tax breaks to corporations and repaying their corporate donors on the backs of the middel class. I'm not sure if everyone is aware of what's going on, but we are at WAR!!! Not just in Afghanistan, Iraq & Libya, but right here in the United Corporated States of the country formerly known as America. Class warfare is being waged on the state and federal level.

    April 5, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. Steve Jackson

    About time someone has the balls to take a stand with this anti government governor he and others like Maine governor are not true Americas but American threaders

    April 5, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Bill

    We now know who's pocket this guy belongs to. Go ahead, give the money back if he's too afraid to stand up to the Union. Unions in this country is killing business. Why do you think companies are going overseas for labor?

    April 5, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. gt

    give it back.... it was ugly looking anyway...

    April 5, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Too bad the mural didn't cost 6MILLION dollars, that would certainly ensure that the Maine Dept. of Labor gave this issue an appropriate reconsideration.

    The sheets are off. The KKKoch Brothers have been laying their plans and planting their folks for over 30 years to assert themselves and become mainstream. The only hope we have against them is for America to wake up, get smart, and remember who almost killed our economy, and at that the GOP kneels at only one altar and that is Big Business.

    We Will Never Forget!
    Obama-Biden 2012.

    April 5, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |