Gov. LePage to 'privatize' Maine's $62.5M welfare program

Contract proposal to privatize aspire

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants to turn over the administration of Maine's $62.5 million welfare program to a New York City-based nonprofit that's been the subject of a dozen state and federal lawsuits since 2013.

Fedcap Rehabilitation Services acknowledges its recent history of litigation in its bid proposal to Maine officials while also describing its accomplishments.

Chris Hastedt of Maine Equal Justice Partners, a legal aid service, says she's concerned a contract with Fedcap could mean Maine's welfare program will see higher administrative costs and diminished quality.

Maine officials are in the process of finalizing the contract with Fedcap and declined to comment on the organization. Fedcap also didn't respond to a request for comment.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press


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