LePage Administration rejects nearly $8 million in federal funds

AUGUSTA – As reported in the Bangor Daily News, Governor Paul LePage and his administration have decided to withhold more than $8 million in already allocated federal funding from three regional boards that oversee job training services for low-income adults, laid-off workers and struggling young adults. The three workforce boards receive funding from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act to pay for clients’ job-help services and do not receive state funding. This loss of funding would impact thousands of Mainers utilizing local career centers for employment counseling, job training and education, on-the-job training and work experience services.

Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives Sara Gideon released the following statement:
“We all agree the best pathway out of poverty is a good paying job. These federal funds are specifically devoted to ensuring access to robust and relevant training programs that result in lifelong skills and credentials matched to in-demand jobs – exactly what Mainers and employers need. The decision to forfeit these dollars is reckless and harmful to Maine’s people and Maine’s economy. I urge Governor LePage and his administration to reconsider their decision.”