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Received this e-mail today from Mike Michaud's (D. ME) gubernatorial campaign:
In school, if we got caught copying someone else's work, we got an "F" and faced expulsion. But under Governor LePage's administration, you're rewarded with a nearly $1 million contract.

That's right, we just got word that significant portions of the widely criticized "Alexander report" -- a partisan political document created by an out-of state consultant to justify Governor LePage’s continued refusal to expand healthcare to 70,000 uninsured Mainers -- were plagiarized, word for word.

Not only did Governor LePage commission a partisan report to boost his re-election bid, he also wasted close to $1 million of Mainers hard-earned tax dollars. Now that's what we call a failing grade -- and we need your help in getting Mainer's money back.

Will you sign our petition calling on the Alexander Group to return the $925,000 back to Maine taxpayers?

The deeply flawed Alexander report is a prime example of government waste and demonstrates how poorly Governor LePage has managed Maine's finances over the last three and a half years.

When Mainers are choosing between heating oil and their prescription drugs, Governor LePage is handing out $1 million in taxpayer funds for a flawed report we now know was partially plagiarized.

This is simply unacceptable, and we believe Mainers should get their money back.

Sign our petition urging the Alexander Group to return $925,000 back to the State of Maine.

With your help, we'll hold Governor LePage and the Alexander Group accountable.

Thanks for all your help.


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Originally posted to pdc on Wed May 21, 2014 at 02:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  What's more, (3+ / 0-)
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    rktect, The grouch, Lujane

    the recommendations in the report are reforms the LePage administration has already proposed and the Legislature has rejected, as this editorial points out:

    So, what are some of the reforms the Alexander Group recommends for Maine?

    — Instituting an upfront work search requirement, so those seeking Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF — who are often in crisis situations — have to prove they have applied for work before they can receive help from the state.

    — Cutting back on the exemptions that allow TANF recipients to not participate in activities that count toward Maine’s federal work participation requirements.

    — Aligning TANF’s work program entirely with federal requirements for work participation activities, a move that would effectively eliminate the Parents as Scholars program, which allows low-income parents to receive benefits while they are working toward two- or four-year college degrees.

    — Eliminating the law that allows cities and towns to recoup 90 percent of their general assistance costs from the state once they’ve crossed a legally defined threshold for the amount of assistance they’ve issued.

    If these proposals sound familiar, they should. LePage proposed them all this past legislative session, and the Democratic-led Legislature rejected all of them. Apparently, the LePage administration has paid a consultant hundreds of thousands of dollars to recommend that the administration do what it has already tried to do and failed to accomplish.

    No doubt this is a very helpful document for LePage 2014. For Maine's needy citizens, and for the Maine taxpayers, not so much.

    And to add insult to injury, the funds from this came out of the TANF funding.

    Support a Progressive Dem from Maine for US Senate! Bellows for Senate

    by Illegitimi non carborundum on Wed May 21, 2014 at 03:57:19 PM PDT

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