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LePage Overstated Unemployment Claims Complaints
06/14/2013 10:05 AM ET  

The Sun Journal reports that only 30 of the nearly 400 complaints LePage has received came from business owners who took issue with the administrative appeals hearing process.

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) _ A newspaper analysis indicates Maine Gov. Paul LePage overreached in April when he said he'd received "hundreds and hundreds'' of complaints about Maine's unemployment claims process.

LePage said during a visit to an Auburn elementary school that the appeals process was "one-sided'' and favored former workers.

But the Sun Journal said Friday that only 30 of the nearly 400 complaints stacked on LePage's desk since he took office in January 2011 came from business owners who took issue with the administrative appeals hearing process.

And the newspaper said the governor's office received twice as many phone calls, emails and letters from unhappy former workers than they did employers' complaints.

LePage launched a blue-ribbon commission to review Maine's unemployment compensation system. A federal investigation is also under way.


 

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