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  • Anonymous

    Like him or not he appears sincere in trying to get the government functioning  more efficiently.  

     Would have been nice if we got a little info on where the money went.

    • Anonymous

      Le Page had nothing to do with finding the error, it: ”
       was uncovered by federal auditors.”

      • Anonymous

        Yea and for nearly 12 years, I guess you can not blame it all on LePage. Though I am sure some will try.

        • Anonymous

          12 Years??  how about blaming the guy who’s running for the US Senate??  And we just kept on doing it at 100K$/year for 12 years

          • Anonymous

            Yea, and fortunately the same people will vote for King

        • Guest

          Of course not! 12 years ago. Must have been Baldy’s fault.

          •  Actually, 12 years ago would have made it King’s blunder, at least to begin with.

      • jimbobhol

        Why do you think the auditors are here? Just driving by and stopped in to say hi. Le Page can’t win for losing.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t beleive everything I read with out documentation to back it up. No details. No evidence.

  • PabMainer

    Wow, uncovering more blunders in state gov’t that may just have to come out of the Maine taxpayer pockets….happened over the last 12 years…..should be interesting to see the faithful on here putting the blame on someone for this…..wonder who?? Keep digging folks…..

    • Anonymous

      It happen on Bush”s watch too

  • Anonymous

    Governor Paul LePage continues to put” Maine people before politics,” and this is just another example of what took place in past administrations.  Any wonder that our governor placed an onus on the middle management workers in the state?  He failed to realize that keeping too many from the past administrations would not produce a friendly working environment for those he hired.  Be careful whom you trust!

    • Anonymous

       You don’t put Maine people before Politics if you steal from the retired to give a tax cut to the rich.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe if anyone had paid attention to audit reports, these problems would not have continued.

    • StillRelaxin

      Agreed. Two thumbs up for the Obama administration for finally discovering these 12 year old Federal errors. Way to go OBAMA administration! Clearly President Obama and his administration knows that the Federal Government needs to continue to uncover problems in financial systems that lack accountability, transparency and fiscal controls. Clearly they are aware of the importance of reforming the way the Federal Government does business and clearly they aren’t so pig headed that they can’t admit to their own mistakes. Hmm…a lesson to be learned by many a elected official there.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah right Relaxin’. The feds have to come in and clean up years of the democrats mistakes. You give the feds “credit” for admitting to their “own mistakes”. But yet when Lepage tries to clean up the mess from decades of fiscal abuse you vilify him to no end.  Nothing like being extremely biased. Nice try on the spin control.

      • Anonymous

        I was actually referring to the audit reports done by the Maine Department of Audit.  These reports have been reporting internal control problems for years, but no one has paid attention.

  • Superuser23

    Gov. Paul LePage said Friday that state government continues to uncover problems from “financial systems that lack accountability, transparency and fiscal controls.”
    Can LePage at least stop using words he don’t know the meaning of, like transparency? I know he doesn’t learn much, and does such a great job at listening, but you think he would have known the rule of “Don’t say words you don’t know the meaning of”

  • StillRelaxin

    Federal auditors discovered their OWN mistakes here. Labor Commissioner Robert Winglass, Paul LePage, nor anyone in Maine was responsible for making these errors nor bringing them to light. I must say it is a bit sad to see that Mr. LePage is willing to play silly political games with the facts here. Of course we should really believe anything Paulie says on this subject seeing as how he’s “Mr. Transparency” who didn’t even want us to be able to EVER see his working papers. THAT really would have been the best way to hide illegal deals and incompetence on the State level from the public. As has been shown here, it’s a good thing the Feds are willing to admit to their mistakes…unlike the way “You know who” has shown us time and time again over the last year and a half.

    • Anonymous

      “Federal auditors discovered their OWN mistakes here.”  That’s nonsense!  Read the headline again, Still, then try to tell me again that it was a Federal error.

      • Anonymous

        The headline doesn’t match the text. There’s a difference between taking and  billing. There are instances in which Social Security inadvertently pays recipients more than it should and notifies recipients of the mistake. Recipients have to pay the money back, or they can seek a waiver so they can keep the money.

        This story doesn’t say anything about how the state “overbilled” the feds. It just says the state “took” more than it was supposed to.

        • Tyke

          … and the federal auditors should have caught it the FIRST time it happened, not 12 years later.

          Both the state and the federal government are at fault so most of the blame is on the Baldacci and Bush administrations,

  • Guest

    Crooks the whole freakin bunch of them. at least one story of corruption a week. Throw the bums out!!!

  • StillRelaxin

    On the plus side a 1.3 million error by the Feds is a drop in the bucket compared to the number shuffling, corrections, and flat out errors we’ve seen from the LePage administration leading up to our latest doomsday budget. 1.3 million, shucks that’s the same amount House Speaker Nutting still owes us for gouging Medicare (Taxpayers) patients (Citizens) for overpriced adult diapers. Hey Mr. Nutting we know you won’t pay us back but could ya help out the Feds here?  Do it for your country!

  • Anonymous

    the democrates continue to leave errors in their wake..

  • Anonymous

    Hey—tell the feds we have a mural we can offer in repayment!

  • Anonymous

    ” The Gang That Still Can’t Shoot Straight” ….   Yow … Adrienne !!!

  • Well, let’s see now – 12 years. That would mean the errors took place during Baldacci’s entire administration, but the errors started when Angus King was in office.  Swell, huh?

  • Anonymous

    AGAIN!?We’d have better luck trusting the guy with the shells and the pea at the circus.Why can’t LePage be fired for mismanagement before 2014?

  • Anonymous

    It happens all the time.  We bill the Federal Gov’t on what we think the rules say and when they do an audit they tell us you interpreted the rules wrong.  It wasn’t anyone’s intention to do it wrong.  Why blame one party or the other?

  • Anonymous

    1.3 M over 12 years is pretty small political potatoes, but that is the Lepage administration in a nutshell.

    • Anonymous

      Loss of credibility TEN POINTS

        This issue had nothing to do with either party and certainly not the Lepage  Admin. 

      “12 years”

       And I don’t even like the guy.

      • Anonymous

        Comprehension Error : 15 Yards

        Dollars to doughnuts, this “story” was a press release from LePage’s people. We just want to let the people know we are searching for fraud, but they still can’t do their own bookkeeping worth a damn .

  • Anonymous

    Where is the MSEA in all this?  I am surprised they aren’t shining a light on how their people see these inefficiencies (and worse), they want to do the right thing by the taxpayer, but the administration refuses to listen.

    • Anonymous

      Why would MSEA have anything to do with this? It was a federal audit.

  • Anonymous

    I like how this page has a link to the County Teabillies “Buy the Mural” brainstorm. Looks like the website has expired, I guess they weren’t willing to put their money where their mouth is!

  • Anonymous

    Being no fan of LePenquin, I will none the less point out that this covers a period of 12 years.  In other words, endemic problem.  The current administration is merely carrying on a grand tradition . . .

    •  Yeah – a “grand tradition” of finding and fixing expensive errors from the past administrations of Baldacci and King.

  • Anonymous

    Did the audit show that the “errors” started twelve years ago? Did it start earlier?

  • Anonymous

    Hope the Feds sue LePage and his thugs for their money back. If not, just don’t send Maine anymore Federal money until the debt is paid. LePage is a Tea Party freak and claims HE don’t need  government programs anyway.

    •  You’d need to start with Angus King and Baldacci, since that’s where the majority of the incorrect payments happened.

      • Anonymous

        The buck stops at LePage’s desk no where else. Penguin wanted to be the Gov, now time for him to pay back the Feds.

  • Anonymous

    lmao! funny how the dem’s are kinda shying away from this report.. also funny how the honesty of the current admin is frustrating for the losers.. as a life long mainer, i think lepage is doing fine with what he was handed, imagine if it had gone the other way, we’d still not of known of this and other hidden secrets that just somehow got carpet swept,, ya know, like the howland school district’s sweeping act..

  • Anonymous

    The DOL is full of Democratic hack leftovers including Dale McCormick’s  partner.

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