More Questionable Expenditures at Maine State Housing Authority

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Dear Friend,

Documents released yesterday reportedly include gift cards purchases for $59,000 during 2008-10, and travel expenses for $33,000 in 2010.  More than $26,000 of taxpayer money was spent on food catering in 2010  --  that averages roughly $100 for every business day of the year.  $46,000 was spent on a "carbon consultant" also in 2010.  Click here to read the article in The Maine Wire.

On any given night, 800 fellow Mainers sleep in homeless shelters across the state.  Thousands more wait for warm, safe affordable apartments to call home.  Maine State Housing Authority (MSHA) funnels federal, state, and sometimes local taxpayer dollars to help pay for the construction of low-income apartments for our most vulnerable citizens.  With this long waiting list and shrinking taxpayer dollars, these expenditures don't make sense to me.  I'm anxious for an explanation at our next MSHA board meeting on Tuesday, February 21. 

Best wishes,

Bruce Poliquin
Maine State Treasurer


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