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  • Anonymous

    It should be noted that John O’ Dea is a former legislator and now the CEO of a corporation that directly profits from new construction,  especially from state and federal contracts. 

    Mr. O’Dea is obviously, no longer a representative of the people,  he’s representing his business self, which is why he lost his seat in Orono. And, he was never any good as a legislator.

    He made his money and now he wants more……why not, he’s been sucking on the taxpayers for quite some time now.

    • Anonymous

      It should also be noted that…. “Rep. Ralph Chapman, D-Brooksville. Chapman, who said he works in the area of weatherization, pointed to the politicization of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at the federal level.”

      I wonder how much income the good Mr. Chapman makes performing weatherization for MSHA. I am sure there are reasons that Rep. Chapman opposes legislation that would alter the current structure of MSHA and how money is dispersed and to whom.

      • Anonymous

        Can we do a FOI request of him?

    • Anonymous

      yes and guess which party he belonged to? of course the liberal party.

      • Anonymous

        If Mr. Chapman’s business is in conflict w/his duties as a Representative,  he’s in the wrong party.  That’s a stronghold of the Republicans.   Think Poliquin, for starters.

  • Anonymous

    It’s past due, get it done.

  • Anonymous

    MSHA has turned into nothing more than Dale McCormick’s liberal playground, complete with a multimillion dollar budget to use at her discretion. It is evident that she places a higher priority on pet social issues than Maine housing issues. Ask the person in need of adequate housing if they care if the building is “green” or if the Sierra club approves of the general design of the complex or if they just want a warm, dry place to live. Ask that person who is on a waiting list for housing how much they approve of trips to Splash Town for MSHA employee wellness days or fancy trips to New York, Las Vegas and San Diego for “training” and see how well all this sets with them. The liberal posters on here are always talking about taking care of those in need, well put your money where your mouth is and demand for a complete overhaul of MSHA and put as much of their budget towards as much practical, adequate and suitable housing for the people of Maine who are in need of such.

    • Anonymous

       MSHA=Liberal hackorama employment agency.

      • Anonymous

        The fraudsters think it’s just fine. Honest people Don’t!
        Save the funds for those that Truly need it.

        Report Fraud in Maine
        Allegations of fraud or attempted fraud involving funds, including Food Stamps,
        administered by the Department of Health and Human Services should be sent to:
        Fraud, Investigation and Recovery
        11 State House Station
        Whitten Road
        Augusta, Maine 04333-0011

        Phone numbers for DHHS Fraud office are:
        1-207-287-2409 and 1-800-442-6003
        Further questions and suspicions can also be submitted by e-mail.
        Fraud.Dhhs@maine.gov

        Contact the Office of the Attorney General
        Phone: 207-626-8800
        Mailing Address:
        Office of the Attorney General
        6 State House Station
        Augusta, ME 04333

        http://www.maine.gov/ag/contact.html

        Do All three, Phone, E-mail and send a Letter.
        Follow-up in 30 days with a Certified letter if no response.
        Send a letter Directly to the Governor’s Office, that should get their attention.
        Keep a written log of actions and attempts to notify.
        Hold them Responsible!

    • Anonymous

       The USA has always been a Liberal country.

       If you really want to live in a Conservative country……

      Then move to Saudi Arabia or Iran.

      • Anonymous

        I will continue to reside here in the U.S., if you don’t mind. The country as a whole is actually more centrist than anything.

    • Anonymous

      Looks like the right wing robolikes are at it again.

      • Anonymous

        call names, don’t use substance

      • Anonymous

        …..Or is it just that many people are of the same opinion and you as a liberal cannot understand that the days of the failed liberal agenda are done, just as McCormick is.

  • Anonymous

    I agree that MSHA should have the same sort of governance as other quasi-governmental agencies in Maine, HOWEVER, I do object to the role of Maine Heritage Policy Center and Lance Dutson in every aspect of Maine government. I don’t recall Mr. Dutson’s name on any ballot and I’ve voted in every election in mAine since moving here in 1976.

    It looks to me like MHPC calls the tune and the Governor and his legislature do the dance.

    • Anonymous

      If MHPC did not keep pushing for change at MSHA and uncovering questionable spending than it would not have been brought into the public eye and it would be business as usual at MSHA.

      • Anonymous

        MHPC is nothing more than a right wing propaganda machine that wants to determine policy. Unfortunately Laplague are their puppets forwarding their agenda of dividing the people on the bottom to hind their corporate agenda.

    • Guest

      So you would prefer to keep a blind eye and let funds designated for the poor to be spend on lavish entertainments and trips!  FOR SHAME ON YOU! Just because some organization uncovered the Thief of TAX PAYERS money.   Seems to me MHPC is an asset for the state of Maine….perhaps if we had this organization sooner….we wouldn’t be in the mess that we’re in today.  THANK-YOU MHPC.  From a hard working Tax payer

      • Anonymous

        Where is the proof of wrongdoing? This is just another Laplague witch hunt, and you’re just repeating the repugs  talking points.

        • Anonymous

          That is what this investigation is for, to find out if in fact there is any wrongdoing. If it is found that there are descrepincies within MSHA expenditures, what will your response be then? Will it still be a “Lapsgue witch hunt” or will it be a failure on the part of Dale McCormick and MSHA?

          • Anonymous

            If FACTS indicate wrongdoing, then lets prosecute, otherwise this is just a politically motivated witch hunt that lacks merit.

      • Anonymous

        Think, lady, think!  The shame rests on Lepage and Poliquin, two power-hungry men who wouldn’t know the word “integrity” if it hit them in the face.  They feed bs and lies to people like you and you don’t even question the source.  Hmmm what is that we’ve been hearing about Poliquin of late?

        • Anonymous

          “They feed bs and lies to people”.  Just like all the BS and lies that always came from Liberals like  Baldacci, Libby Mitchell, Hannah Pingree, Emily Cain, John Martin , Justin Alfond, MCEP, ACLU of Maine, NRCM.  These folks all ran Maine into the ground with their radical left wing agenda always held not accountable for their actions.  They destroyed our economy, drove out all of our businesses , good paying jobs, drove out our young folks.  Replaced them with the Welfare crowd who likes to live off of taxpayer money.  Our schools are crumbling and failing. Our roads and bridges are abysmal.  People struggling to stay in their homes with high taxes.  While Liberals think we are headed in the right direction.  The only direction we were all headed is to the poor house into bankruptcy from their awful policies.

        • Anonymous

          You accuse Lepage and Polquin as being two power hungry men who lack integrity? Dale McCormick seems to be the one that feels that she has all the power and has no need to answer to anyone.

          • Anonymous

            Some take the current administration’s allegations about McCormick as true without waiting for an investigation.  Some did the same thing for the “voter fraud” allegations.  Those allegations evaporated in the light of the facts.  Instead of assuming allegations are correct because you politically identify with the source of the allegations could we possibly stop confusing opinions for facts?

    • Anonymous

       But having public sector unions testify at hearings is perfectly ok with you I bet. Welcome to a democracy bub.

    • Anonymous

      Governor two-step dances to whatever strings are getting pulled.   The man is a dunce and as such, doesn’t even realize when he’s being played.  Nothing matters to him more than gettting his name out there.  Wait, folks, for MSHA to be renamed: MY State Housing Authority.  And if you think funds were misspent then, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”

  • Anonymous

    Having listened to Mary Adams in the past, I believe there are many topics that she could say are “beyond my comprehension”. 

    • Anonymous

      Is it within your comprehension that there are problems at MSHA?

    • Anonymous

      again. call names.
      is there something that she said or did that you can comment on and offer improvement?

  • Tom

    I love Mary Adams!

  • Anonymous

    Peter Merrill, Maine Housing communicators director made some very good points concerning the direction this should go. He suggested that the board member terms should be staggered; the Governor should appoint the Director and the Director would answer to the Board of Commissioners, all very good points. Mr. Merrill’s comments that any changes that would concern the Director should not take place until McCormick’s term expires are not acceptable. Shielding Dale McCormick from accountability is not in the cards.

    • Anonymous

      very nice comment,   but yet, shielding this or any other Commission  or director is not in the cards.   My point is this,   if the Director cannot direct without the commission’s blessing, and that commission is ever changing,  what’s the purpose of the gubernatorial appointments to either the commission or the directors?

      If it is always going to be a fight, then what exactly gets done?   Isn’t that what this particular governor is experiencing? 

      How about the Legislature appoint the board members at staggered intervals and the governor appoints the director? And in order to terminate the Director, it must be all of the commissioner’s voting for termination. That way, the Governor gets his political appointment, but yet it’s still checked by the Commission.

      This is where DHHS should be heading as well, checks and balances. Not just one person, one administration, one policy…..it’s not what government is about.

  • The stuff they are going to find if they keep turning over these rocks is going to amaze the Maine taxpayer, and then, they are going to get mad. I think Dale is going to be history very soon, and , its about time. She is nothing but a political hack and needs to be run out of Augusta.

    • Anonymous

      It will be like MTA,  McCormick should resign.   She abuses her power.  

      • Anonymous

        Where is the proof of guilt?? You just repeating the repubs talking points.

        • Anonymous

          They don’t let silly things such as proof stop them, harvey.  A party built on lies and deceit isn’t going to be the least bit concerned about facts.  They’re honest about only one thing: the GOP stands for Grand Old Prevaricators.

        • Anonymous

          It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that change and an overhaul is needed to see the abuses going on at that agency.

          • Anonymous

            Is that because a rocket scientist might want to base his or her conclusions on facts instead of politically motivated allegations?

    • Anonymous

      Is this like all the voter fraud they found?  Oh wait, they never did did they?  No, just riled up the whole state and pushed forward legislation that served a POLITICAL end not a voter-justice end, and was unneeded, and voted down by the people of Maine at the next election.  So if their is PROOF of more than a couple of percent off in the budget of the MSHA I’m game for getting it modified and corrected, but don’t fool yourself that going to a training in another city is anything other than professional development, that almost ANY professional has as part of their normal business.  And governments are no different than business.  WHEN it has been shown that we spent far more to make an apartment efficient than we can get back in savings (or pass those savings on to the people living there) then let’s talk about “wasteful” greening of these units.

      And if you replace Dale with a conservative director, they will still have to make these units up to code.  That means ADA accessible, built to fire and efficiency codes, and built with a mind that they will survive more than 10 years of occupancy.  For those with short memories, a lot of housing built on the cheap in the 1970s became derelict properties because they required so much maintenance.  Those are all some of the reasons why the units cost more at the outset.  Sure people say “Build them for 1/2 the price” but then people are living in units where the cabinet doors fall off, the roofs leak in 15 years instead of 30, the water heaters die after 5 years and all of the expense of doing the repairs is passed on.  So before you jump on the bandwagon of “what a waste” I’m open to an audit that will compare the costs of a unit of housing over its lifetime; done the current way as opposed to doing it on the cheap, or in-between.  Anything else on our part is speculation and inflammatory.

      • Anonymous

        Way too rational for hozhed and company, but it is nice to see a sane thought expressed in these comments.  Thank you!

  • StillRelaxin

    By all means in these hard times we should be checking EVERY government agency to find savings. I am however more than a bit concerned that our current administration seems so FIXATED primarily on social welfare programs. People receiving such services certainly are not those primarily responsible for putting us in this hole we‘ve found ourselves in. We can thank the powers that be and a lot of stupid decisions in Washington for the past 10 years for that. So why not look to fix what created the problems? Okay, I know why it’s too hard to solve and thus beyond Mr. LePage’s abilities. Therefore we get this a simplistic “Political Maneuver” to gain political favor with folks who generally have a hard time considering the needs of a society versus their own private needs? If that’s the case, we’ll see how well a play that was/is next November when we go to vote again.

    I’m also concerned whether or not an administration that seems to have been built and sustained itself on group hatred of the needy could ever be trusted (As Mr. Lepage wishes) to have supreme control over such people’s future housing needs. The opposite of the trumped up image of luxurious housing conservatives like to paint would be to start housing these people in double walled cardboard boxes. NEITHER may be true, but of the two, cardboard boxes bothers me more in the same way as watching WW2 Jews being marched off to concentration camps. A really bad option for building great societies.

    “In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.” Confucius. Yes, these days I’m thinking that I’m feeling more than a bit ashamed of my government and the current state of my Country.

    • Anonymous

      Answer these questions…Do you agree with the way things are going at MSHA? Do you think that the people that need the services provided by this agency are being served the absolute best they can be? Do you think that funds at MSHA are being spent in a manner that is 100% in line with the mission of this agency? I will wait with anticipation for your answers to those questions.

      • StillRelaxin

        Other than rambling accusations by you (That are nothing but repeats of “Claims” made by Mr. Poliquin) we really don’t know yet how well MSHA has been run in the past or for that matter in the past few years by Dale McCormick. Are you aware that FRAUD or INCOMPETENCE has actually been PROVEN? I doubt it.

        No person who has or ever will be served by ANYONE or ANY organization has ever been or will ever be served the absolute best they could be. Silly question. Improvements in service will always be possible.

        Expenditures of any corporation are varied and open to interpretation as to how well they may or may not meet corporate mission statements. Are you aware that FRAUD or INCOMPETENCE in that regard has actually been PROVEN? I doubt it.

        Nope I’m not jumping foolishly on your lynching bandwagon. It would be best if at least our officials (Especially Poliquin) could conduct their investigative business with professionalism as quickly as possible without constantly making accusations to inflame those in the public that feed on suggestion, innuendo, and speculation. Bad politics and bad politicians serve no one but themselves.

        Hope the length of your wait hasn’t proven to indicate to you that I’m a fraud or incompetent…but it does seem you’re one to make pretty snappy judgments so I’m probably out of luck there. I also doubt I served you as fast as you believe was my absolute fastest. Your mind seems to be pretty much set, the lynching is on. Just be pre-warned and keep in mind that if the lynching is done as poorly as it has transpired thus far payback will come when the voters hit the booths next November. Well, unless the GOP/Tea Party succeeds finding a new way to suppress voting. We know they haven’t given up one that yet. Call in the Crazy Charlies!

        • Anonymous

          can’t find out cause she won’t give up the records that will take her boat down. that will change soon and it will come out in the news about the misdoings on her part. she should be put on the same bus as violette to prison. where there is smoke there is fire.

          • Anonymous

            Where there is smoke there is fire, all right…what’s that wafting from the Blaine House?

        • Anonymous

          My comments maybe rambling accusations to you, but by the sound of the comments here I am not alone in my opinions. Why does it seem that you and others are upset that the expenditures at MSHA are even being questioned? As far as asking about if the clients of MSHA are being served the very best they can be by the agency, that is very far from a “silly question”, to not ask that question is downright foolish.

          “Expenditures of any corporation are varied and open to interpretation as to how well they may or may not meet corporate mission statements. Are you aware that FRAUD or INCOMPETENCE in that regard has actually been PROVEN? I doubt it. ”

          I hate to burst your bubble, MSHA is not a corporation, it is a government agency and should be run as such. I did not expect that you would jump on my bandwagon (hardly a lynching bandwagon). I am sure your wagon is the one of “everything at
          MSHA is ok” and it seems you have room for more passengers.

          Although my anticipation was not genuine and I really did not care if you replied or not, I am not surprised that you did in fact fail to answer my 3 simple questions.

          • Anonymous

            Accusation:  ”
            MSHA has turned into nothing more than Dale McCormick’s liberal playground”. See your earlier post.  Apparently Stillrelaxin’s 
             answer to your 3 simple questions has been misunderstood.  Too nuanced, or perhaps too too much in conflict with your preconceptions?

    • Anonymous

      That’s not fair and it’s certainly not true. I don’t support Le Page But  I do know one of his closest staff members and the idea that you suggest they “Hate the needy” is a horrible thing to say,Why is it that a Member of the DNC can say the most horrible, mean spirited things and no one takes notice. I for one am glad he’s concerned about the state of our social services.  THERE IS NO MORE IMPORTANT FUNCTION WE, AS A SOCIETY CAN PROVIDE. If if goes beyond talks of  questionable cuts that may ACTUALLY occur trust me, i’ll be even more involved.

       The tax code is the tax code. Why not do a little research into how much money Republicans contribute to charity. I can tell you the numbers are A LOT. Don’t pretend your better, that you care and that you know for a fact that complete strangers to you don’t care.

      • StillRelaxin

        Well it might surprise you to hear this but I’m happy that someone is concerned about the state of our social services as well.  My question is why is it that such are pretty much the ONLY thing that the LePage administration is concerned about.  There’s lots in government to fix and the needy are certainly not those responsible for putting us in a hole. 

        Note that that “Concern” you speak of is not for the welfare of the needy but concern over how “Good those lazy bums have got it.”  I’ve never suggested that I nor Democrats are “Better” because our concerns about these people are much-much different than yours or the average Republican/Tea Party member.  You’ve come up with that thought on your own.  The reality is that something in the back of your mind is saying just that, it’s called your conscience.  We’re all glad you can still hear it. When you start listening to it you may not become a better person but I’m sure you will feel better about yourself.

        • Anonymous

          I agree with you with one exception, The Tea party and the RNC are not inter-changeable and this is where I feel the that some within the DNC want to paint everyone alike when nothing could be further from the truth. I certainly don’t fit and neither do many that I know ,but it all comes back to who do I trust to spend our money. No doubt the current White House walked into a mess. LI don’t hold President Obama responsible at all. However,  My vote will go to whomever I think will do a good job starting in 2012. I didn’t agree with many of the moves he made since taking office. In my eyes, that’s a strike against him. The question now should be “How do I get this guys vote?” Using catch phrases, pandering to the party, and never speaking in depth on any big picture ideas hasn’t done it for me so far. Mit Romney is nothing more then a suit in my opinion. he has the personality of  not too bright frat boy.  I honestly have not the vaguest idea whether he would be a good president. I do know he doesn’t come off as a leader that’s for sure.In the current climate I have no doubt that President Obama will win a second term. At the moment he is the best candidate. I’m thinking id he wins, he’ll push as much through as he can. Some good and some bad . It’ll be interesting to see what will happen. Honestly, at this point ANYTHING would be better tyhen listening McConnell and Reid say, ” Mm, uh, well, it’s the’re fault.”

          Have you ever seen these talking heads on the Sunday morning shows? Both can go on for fifteen minutes without saying a single thing of substance. It’s disgusting.

           By the way, your ” analysis” is silly. I’m disabled, once again I am more liberal socially then MOST members of the DNC and  I do not allow party speak  from EITHER  party to have any influence  on my decisions.   I couldn’t tell you anything about a SINGLE negative ad on television, and lemme tell ya, I watch too much television.(they come on, I change the channel.  No matter who they’re about) because in my opinion, anyone influenced by ads isn’t someone I would consider qualified to make an informed decision. And yet Billions is spent on ads for just that reason. They know we have a lazy country. Most won’t bother to do the research.

    • Anonymous

      “Group hatred of the needy” and “WW2 Jews being marched off to concentration camps” 

      Even for you, that’s a new low.

      • StillRelaxin

        Tell me what the LePage administration and his GOP/Tea Party has been working the hardest on and talking the most about since coming into power. Other than suppressing the vote, bath salts, and discussions on whoopie pies, the only thing that seems to come to mind is any issue involving any aspect of welfare. Since welfare didn’t cause our problems what explains this fixation? Why not look into every aspect of government to route out all waste? There’s lots of agencies and departments to hack into. Sure Paul might get around to them someday but for now he and his followers seem pretty content on singling out the easiest group to target because (Especially in hard times) lots of folks begin to resent those who need charity. Those are the folks who prop up Paul’s conscience and drive to do more of the same. Looking back into his past I can see a few of his friends around him now saying “Go for it Paul, steal their Halloween candy, come on you can do it!” Then patting the victorious bully on the back and giving him thanks when he tosses them a few pieces from his stolen horde. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Maybe it’s time for Paul and crew to do some real work instead of what comes naturally to them.

        • Anonymous

          What comes naturally to them is to pander to big business, while they gather up more supporters to prey on at their preyer meetings.  Sickening.

          • Anonymous

            Cher, what exactly is a preyer meeting? Is that where predators get together to ask the hunting Gods for prey?

    • Anonymous

      maybe it’s because most of the social agencies have been set up to act like maine state housing and get away with it so that the directors , who are usually liberals and they get these jobs as thank you’s to the liberal chiefs that run the state be it the governor but more likely the heads of the legislature like john martin and company.
      it is amazing how you can blame the governor for trying to stifle waste in this state to help the truly sick and needy. get a grip on get off the political vengence….

      • StillRelaxin

        I’d say that you’re easily “Amazed” and manipulated. Tell me again why the only departments Mr. LePage apparently wants to “Stifle Waste” in are those involving the social welfare of our most needy citizens?

        • Anonymous

          That’s a question easy to answer–it’s because those areas are where most fraud occurs, because the minute you start asking tough questions, everyone starts hollering about how you will be turning the poor and needy out on the streets.  The state agencies that service these needy people are FILLED with deadweights and crooks, knowing everyone will start crying about how the “cuts” will hurt the poor.  I have never seen an agency with less oversight over its budget than DHHS, except perhaps for MSHA.  Really, $15,000 for a theatre group?

          • StillRelaxin

            Ok I read what you “Say.”  Now can you provide any facts or figures that prove that anything you “Feel” or have been told is true?  I doubt it.

          • Anonymous

            Absolutely.  In my dealings with DHHS and drug abuse or child protection cases, I saw waste that would make you cry.  There was absolutely no follow-through when addicts tested positive for drugs when they were “in treatment” with methadone–even though the patients were supposed to be terminated for violating their agreements.  THOUSANDS, and I’m talking THOUSANDS are spent to have  psychiatrists and psychologists perform unnecessary “evaluations” on these folks.  Instead, it was simply throw more of (our) money at these programs.  DHHS CANNOT tell you how much they spent on taxi fare alone to get their “clients” to Acadia.  Why hire a taxi when there’s a busline, I would ask.   Never got an answer.
            Be smart, here, SR, why would anyone involved in that cycle–starting with the DHHS case workers, the local attorneys who get paid to represent parents or children, or act as GALS, the local methadone clinics, the landlords, the bus companies, the taxi drivers, the psychologists and psychiatrists who made HUGE bucks–why would any of them bite the hand that feeds them after it has stolen the “food” (read: tax money) from our pockets???

          • Anonymous

            Wish I’d said that.

            Twenty likes for you.

          • StillRelaxin

            Okay I read what you “Say” (We hear people “say” such things all the time) can you please provide some facts, figures, studies, data that support anything that your “Saying” here? Simply saying it doesn’t make it true nor does it help in any way to determine the magnitude of the problem. Enough of the hearsay hamberger, Where’s the BEEF?

          • Anonymous

            Sure.  Make it a law that all proceedings in DHHS are open to the public and then that will happen.  Otherwise we are forbidden BY LAW from disclosure.

    • Anonymous

      The waste he has uncovered and made public will better serve Maine’s neediest citizens.  This is a priority. 

      We need to STOP the abuses like the $235 million dollars absconded with from DHHS.  That money would have bought fuel, food, medical care, or important services.  It did not need to end up in someone’s pocket. 

      Thank you, Governor LePage.

  • Anonymous

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire! Dale should be getting very warm at this point an time.  Others TOO. Go get um Mary!

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, if you run around with smoking torches on a witch hunt, then you are causing the smoke.  There may or may not be a fire, hard to tell with all the smoke your generating.  If you want to get to the bottom of it, find an IMPARTIAL group to review the policy.  The current board of the MSHA is not an impartial board, they were appointed with a very political purpose in mind and they are now doing everything in their power to gut the MSHA.

      • Anonymous

        you poor thing you . bet you want a park too. go for a hike in the woods but watch out the witches will get youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!

      • Anonymous

        There is no hunt.

        The witch has been found.

        Running MSHA……..into the ground.

  • Jazz11

    Wow, what a witch hunt!

  • Anonymous

    The governor can fire the director for “inefficiency, neglect of duty or misconduct in office.”
    If even half the accusations are true, why hasn’t he fired her already?

    • Anonymous

      Why hasn’t he “fired” himself?

      • Anonymous

        ROFL

    • Anonymous

      Accusations can be made by anyone, anytime.  They have absolutely NOTHING to do with reality.  Sometimes they are, and sometimes they aren’t.  It seems the current administration starts with accusations, builds up public support for the accusations (not any facts) and then people like you start yelling “fire them” “they should resign”, but that all goes against the basic premise of the American justice system of being able to stand up in a fair manner and have evidence presented for an impartial judge or jury to decide.  

    • Anonymous

      Because, at present, he cannot.

  • Anonymous

    Mary, You know why they didn’t do anything. Entrenched Democratic bureaucracy. Jobs for friends of Democrats. 

    • Anonymous

      Oh?  Didn’t take LePage long, then, did it, to perfect the art?  Let’s see #1-get my daughter a job.

      • Anonymous

        Oh, puhleeze, get over it.  John Kennedy named his BROTHER, Bobby Kennedy as attorney general!

        • Anonymous

          What is wrong with putting in someone you can trust?

  • Anonymous

    Career bureaucrats tend to get these appointments as political favors more so than because of their capabilities. Having said that, I think that it is perfectly reasonable to have a system of checks and balances in place to insure that the agency is operating above board.  Like the MTA, it doesn’t matter who brought the issue of potential fiscal mis-management at the MSHA  to light, the point is that we can now move forward to correct the situation knowing what we do.

    • Anonymous

       If MSHA was a non-government corporation, nobody would care how they spent their money.  Or if the CEO made 3 times McCormick salary.  That is why it is a bureaucrat.  She is not chasing the money.  There are CEOs in Bangor that run much smaller operations making $500K+ annually.  I don’t hear any complaints about them.  And yes, they get state money all the time.

      • Anonymous

        “If MSHA was a non-government corporation, nobody would care how they spent their money.”.  Not true.  In any corporation there are stakeholders/shareholders.  Try to convince me that they don’t care whether their investment goes into the toilet.  Good luck. If you used the word ‘nobody’ to mean the public at large, then I’d agree partially.

  • Anonymous

    I hope the Gov installs his daughter.  She’s very qualified!  HE can pay her $145K a year, too.

    • Anonymous

      Get over yourself.  JFK named his brother Bobby as his attorney general.

      • Anonymous

         I do believe RFK had a law degree.   Do you really have to go back 50 yrs to prove a point? Oh, I forgot, Reagan was the last great President.  Yeh right.

        • Anonymous

          You are missing my point.  Politicians are surrounded by yes men and people who will kiss you know what.  JFK absolutely knew the value of having his closest advisor be someone who could give him the unvarnished facts.  I suspect Lepage is much sharper than we all give him credit for, and I for one applaud the fact that he chose to have, as his closest advisor, someone whom he can obviously trust to give him the hard cold facts.  THAT was my point.

  • Anonymous

    The governor can fire her if she broke the law.  Notice he has not done that.  Why let facts get in the way?  Sure put in reasonable expectations.  But this pathetic attcks just let them focus, like whoopie pies, that don’t create jobs.

    Gov, where’s the jobs you promised?  You cut a lot of red tape.  Told us it would lead to jobs. Where are they?

  • Anonymous

    Paul Laplague and the repugs are trying to turn Maine into MHPC extremist right-wing playground. The parrot everything the MHPC and ALEC tell them. It is obvious they place a higher priority on pet issues like cutting unemployment, workers comp, gutting DHHS and turning out 65,000 Mainers to the streetsrather than delaying another tax cut, enacting the right to work for less legistration, restricting the right to vote, gutting the DEP, and on and on. They’re waging war on the good people of Maine in a most corrupt and immoral way

  • Guest

    Get er done!!! Abuse and more abuse under the name of MSHA. I say to LePage, do what you need to to clean all this abuse up….

  • Guest

    Its About Time

  • Anonymous

    Once again thank you Governor Lepage. We have waited 30 years for someone to hold these agency’s responsible for the spending of our hard earned money. I respect the way you stand up to the attacks to do what is right. Keep up the good fight, the few people left who work appreciate it.

  • Anonymous

    First, most people don’t know how much, if any state funds are allocated each year.  Did you know operating expenses, including salaries, were down in 2010 vs 2009?  Did you know that in one of the most volatile markets, in 2010 the MSHA actually made money?  So for all the alleged problems, the MSHA hasn’t cost the state any money.  I’m not sure I want a political hack running the authority. 
    Remember, the idea is to help responsible people buy a home.  And yes, MSHA does other things related to housing needs.  It appears my hard earned money appears to be doing just fine with MSHA.  So is yours.

  • Guest

    It’s not Dale’s  fault,  Janet Mills the AG under John Baldacci loopholed it for her and said it was OK.. Check the old AG’s files and you will find She Loopholed alot of things for The Baldacci Administration’s cronies….

    • Anonymous

      It may not be Dale’s fault but she knows better and she should very willingly go along with an overhaul.

  • Guest

    How about we just eliminate the whole agency?

    All it is, and ever has been, is just a money laundering machine for the party faithful.

    Do the taxpayers a favor, close the agency and bulldoze the offices.

  • Anonymous

    As you are aware, Mary Adams, this agency is another typical Democratic cronyism meant to distort government. We should expect our Governor and legislature to fix it to be responsible to the people. How do I get one of those 300,000 dollar section 8 housing deals? I will gladly move out of my meager existence.

  • Anonymous

    “…that go beyond the scope of affordable housing”.  Hey, when Maine’g government is your own little playground, like it was for 20 years for the left (that includes Angus King), then who needs such little niceties as “scopes” and “accountability”??
    Mary Adams, YOU know why the Legislature did nothing after that 2004 report: because Dale McCormick has long been Maine’s Miss Democrat, and until last year the Legislature has long been controlled by the left. So let the fun begin! “Want some money, Equality Maine? Here ya go!”

  • Anonymous

    Let the name calling begin . . . 

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