- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Land for Maine’s Future board is cutting state funding for a land conservation project caught in the middle of a political battle between Gov. Paul LePage and the state Legislature.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2eFJa8Z ) five members of the land conservation board voted Tuesday to reduce Maine’s contribution toward the Howard Hill project in Augusta from $337,500 to $163,500.

Questions regarding the value of the 164-acre property, located directly behind the Maine State House, spurred the vote.

The Republican governor has cited the $1.2 million project as an example of conservation organizations using taxpayer dollars to cover the inflated sales prices demanded by wealthy landowners.

The lone dissenting board member, Neil Piper, told audience members after the vote that he was resigning from the board in protest.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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