LePage Accused of Pressuring Unemployment Officers

Image: LePage Accused of Pressuring Unemployment Officers

Thursday, 02 May 2013 01:57 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Department of Labor is probing allegations that Maine Gov. Paul LePage pressured federally funded unemployment hearing officers to rule in favor of business.

The Portland Press Herald says a lawyer representing the federal office is interviewing unemployment hearing officers and others who attended a March luncheon with LePage.

LePage and Jennifer Duddy, the governor's appointee to Maine’s Unemployment Compensation Commission, “allegedly scolded … officers and pressured them to make more pro-business rulings in appeals decisions that determine whether workers receive benefits,’’ the newspaper said.

The LePage administration insists the Republican governor did nothing wrong and that the luncheon was held as an educational session between the governor and labor staff, the Herald reported.

But emails obtained by the newspaper through the Freedom of Access Act reveal several attendees felt pressured by the governor to change the way they adjudicate appeals.

One state employee described the meeting as a "group scolding" and called the atmosphere "dark times" for keeping political pressure out of the adjudication process.

LePage has said he had received complaints from "hundreds" of businesses about the appeals process, according to the Herald.





© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

McConnell Slams Federal 'Bailout' of Ky. Obamacare Provider

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 16:42 PM

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has blasted the federal government's decision to provide a secret $65 mi . . .

Obama Called Only on Female Reporters at Year-End Presser

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 16:21 PM

President Barack Obama took questions only from women reporters at his year-end press conference on Friday , eight of th . . .

Tom Harkin's Last Hurrah: Change Our National Anthem

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 14:07 PM

Retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin spent his final hours in Congress getting his pet peeve off his chest - the national . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved