Job training group sues LePage over blocked federal funds

October 25, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A regional workforce development organization is suing Republican Gov. Paul LePage and the head of the Maine Labor Department in an effort to force them to release millions of dollars in federal funding for job training.

The Bangor Daily News reports that Brunswick-based Coastal Counties Workforce Inc. filed the suit in federal court Tuesday.

LePage has told the federal government he will reject money provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which sends about $9 million to the state every year. He has called the program wasteful and tried to reorganize the three regional boards that receive the funds into a single statewide body.

The attorney general’s office says it is reviewing the lawsuit. A Labor Department spokeswoman said she could not comment on pending litigation.

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