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U.S. Labor Dept. Steps into Maine Mural Dispute
04/04/2011 01:19 PM ET  

A senior Labor Department official told The Associated Press that if Maine won't display the mural, the feds want a refund of any federal funds used to pay for it.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ If the governor of Maine won't display a mural depicting the state's labor history, the U.S. Department of Labor wants a refund of any federal money that paid for it.

A senior Labor Department official says Maine Gov. Paul LePage's decision to remove the art work from state offices does not comply with terms of a federal grant that paid for most of the mural's $60,000 cost. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to freely discuss the matter.

The demand for reimbursement was made today in a letter to state officials. The letter was obtained by The Associated Press.

The Republican governor had the mural removed from state Labor Department offices last month after deciding that it was biased toward organized labor at the expense of his pro-business agenda.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Maine Labor Department officials this afternoon released a copy of the letter from federal officials. 

To read it, click here.



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