AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration has signed a contract to build a new office building for state health and labor department offices.
LePage’s office says the lease for the new Health and Human Services and Department of Labor offices in South Portland will save the state more than $23.4 million over the next 30 years. The lease will cost the state $54.5 million.
The Republican governor says the new 75,000-square-foot facility will help Mainers on welfare also find out about work opportunities.
Democrats critical of the decision to move the offices from Portland say the new site with fewer public transportation options will make it harder for people to get benefits.
Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond says LePage could have chosen a location that’s good for Mainers and saves taxpayers money.