LePage suspends payment to Alexander Group

Posted Friday, May 23, 2014 in News

LePage suspends payment to Alexander Group

DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew and Gary Alexander release report on May 16. (Photo credit: Andi Parkinson)

AUGUSTA -- Gov. Paul LePage announced that his administration is suspending payment to the Alexander Group after it came to light that several pieces of the report, issued late last week, had been lifted from an economic nonprofit organization's report.

Two full pages of the Alexander Report were taken word for word from the work of the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, a nonpartisan think tank based in Washington D.C.

New evidence of  more plagiarism arose on Friday, this time from one of prinicpal author Gary Alexander's earlier reports, done for the state of Arkansas.

Late on Friday afternoon, the governor released this statement:

“I am gravely concerned about these accusations and we will get to the bottom of it. Upon learning of this information today, we have taken immediate action and suspended all payments to the Alexander Group. We will continue to look into these accusations and will take further action, including termination of the contract, if warranted.”

The Bangor Daily News and the Portland Press Herald discovered the two instances of plagiarism separately.

The Alexander Group contract would have cost the state $975,000, some of which would have come from a federal fund to aid needy families. The Democratic Legislative majority tried and failed to cancel the contract in the last session.

(This story is also published in the Brunswick Times Record)

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