Saturday, April 19, 2014
Stateline, the Pew-funded news service, has published a comprehensive overview of Gov. Paul LePage's contentious relationship Maine State Employees Association.
The story begins with the governor's recent remark that middle management within some agencies is "as corrupt as you can be" and documents rocky tensions that began when the administration first came into power, including the infamous "11,000 bureaucrats memo."
Included in the story are a series of incidents that illustrate distrust between the MSEA and the administration. The story indicates that the uneasiness is included in the administration's belief that the union has instructed public employees "to ride out" the governor's first term and act as obstructionist. The MSEA counters that LePage has cultivated the hostilities with his track record of disrespect toward state employees.
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.