Democratic leaders criticize LePage over decision not to recoup consultant payments

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Democratic leaders are criticizing Republican Gov. Paul LePage for not pursuing a full refund of payments made to a consultant that studied Maine's Medicaid program.

House Speaker Mark Eves said that LePage told legislative leaders on Thursday that he won't try to recoup the more than $470,000 paid to the Alexander Group for its reports.

Newspapers found that the group had copied or improperly cited several other organizations' works. The group said it failed to properly use footnotes.

LePage's administration canceled the nearly $1 million contract in June, withheld $145,000 for one report and penalized the group $27,000 for another.

LePage spokesman Adrienne Bennett said the issue has been resolved. She said Democrats are playing politics when the state faces more pressing issues, like nursing home funding problems.

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