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Maine labor mural flap caused $6K in spending

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The cost of removing, storing and ultimately relocating a mural that Gov. Paul LePage removed from the Maine Department of Labor lobby added up to more than $6,000.

The governor caused an uproar about two years ago when he ordered the removal of the mural because he believed it presented a one-sided view of history favoring organized labor over entrepreneurs.

It's now on display at the Maine State Museum.

Responding to a Freedom of Access request, the Department of Labor tells The Associated Press that the cost of crating and storing the labor mural was $530 and transportation costs were $690. Framing and installation at the new venue added up to another $4,850.

Part of the cost was defrayed by a GOP group, Aroostook Republicans, which donated $2,333 to the museum.







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