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“The problem is, middle management of the state is about as corrupt as can be,” Mr. LePage said in remarks first reported by MaineToday Media.

With the remark buzzing around the Statehouse on Friday, Mr. LePage sent an email to more than 11,000 state workers to clarify his remarks, praising the majority of state workers, but saying that some union bosses and state workers are intent on maintaining the status quo.

Offering no apologies, Mr. LePage had a blunt message for those workers who have been “corrupted” by a bureaucratic mindset that’s intent on “doing the same thing because it was always done that way” and for the “union bosses” who he said have urged workers to resist the administration’s changes.

“If you are dragging your feet because you do not like the direction the administration is headed, then it is time to either get on board or get out of the way,” he wrote.

Maine State Employees Association President Ginette Rivard said state employees are “honest public servants” and that she was unaware of any corruption within the ranks of state government.

“These public workers do important work for all Maine people,” Ms. Rivard said. “For Gov. LePage to call them ‘corrupt’ is baseless and insulting to every public worker who has dedicated their lives to making Maine a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

In less than 16 months as governor, Mr. LePage has earned a reputation for talking bluntly. Even before he was elected, Mr. LePage caused a stir when he told a crowd that he would tell President Obama to “go to hell.”


TV stations must post ad-rate information online

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to require TV stations to post online the advertising rates they charge political candidates and advocacy groups.

Friday’s vote came despite strong opposition from many broadcasters. They say posting advertising rates would undermine stations’ competitive position in the marketplace and give advertisers unfair leverage over how much they are willing to pay.

Rate information is already publicly available on paper at the stations.

The new rule will require stations to digitize and upload the information in real time to the FCC’s website. Network-affiliated stations in the top 50 markets will have six months to comply. For all others, the deadline is 2014.

The FCC chairman says the information shouldn’t be “stuck in a filing cabinet” in an online world.


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