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Health Department Move

| December 3, 2013

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s administration says moving state health department offices from downtown Portland to South Portland is expected to save the state at least $14 million. Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and advocates are protesting the decision to move the Department of Health and Human Services offices from Portland on Tuesday. They say that the new location, which will also house Department of Labor offices, is more difficult to get to using public transportation. A Department of Administrative and Financial Services spokeswoman says the Portland offices’ landlord wanted to raise the rent to a price the state couldn’t pay anymore. She says consolidating the health and labor offices will also provide those receiving welfare benefits with direct access to career centers and labor opportunities.

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