Mike On Alexander Report: Taxpayers Deserve Their Money Back
Democratic gubernatorial candidate U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud is renewing his call for Gov. Paul LePage to recoup all of the nearly $1 million that was spent on the controversial Alexander Report.
This week, newspapers reported that LePage would not seek a full refund for the plagiarized study.
“The Alexander Report has been a case study in government waste and poor judgment from the very beginning,” Michaud said. “This deeply flawed and controversial report has never been anything more than a political document meant to further Gov. LePage’s re-election. And now, despite public outrage and evidence that parts of the report were plagiarized, the LePage administration is still refusing to seek a full refund of hard-earned taxpayer dollars that could have been used to help working families, improve education and meet other important priorities. This is pure mismanagement and fiscal irresponsibility on the part of Gov. LePage. Mainers deserve better.”
Michaud released a plan earlier this year to appoint an Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services and cited the ongoing scandal revolving around the Alexander Report as an example of one of the many issues of waste and mismanagement the office would be tasked with preventing.
“Gov. LePage has made a big issues about waste, fraud and abuse as governor, but it’s clear that the biggest culprit of wasting taxpayer dollars is the governor himself,” Michaud said. “Mainers deserve a governor who will work with Democrats, Republicans and independents to address the issues facing Maine and who will use tax dollars wisely.”