AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage has a new explanation for why a mural depicting labor scenes was removed from a Maine state office last March.
LePage told Brian Williams of NBC News that his decision to remove the artwork from the Department of Labor's headquarters had nothing to do with the painting's pro-labor content, as he's said before.
LePage said Monday he ordered the mural removed and locked away because the $60,000 that the state spent on it came from a fund dedicated to providing benefits to unemployed workers.
Maine Today Media says the governor made the comments during an education summit hosted by NBC in New York.
LePage has said previously that he ordered the mural removed to show that Maine looks at employees and employers equally.