Gov. Paul LePage's nominees for farm agency, DHHS confirmed

Posted: February 09, 2011 | Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Health and Human Services, Senator Craven, Senator Diamond, Transportation

Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, a former co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, congratulated Bernhardt for his commitment to finding efficiencies but said it would not be enough to offset the department’s funding shortfall.

“This job is too critical to the lives of Maine people to give to somebody who doesn’t have experience in social services,” said Sen. Margaret Craven, D-Lewiston, a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. “Mayhew’s experience is one-dimensional, and I worry that her point of orientation will be the hospitals. It is also vexing that Maine taxpayers will be now paying for her on-the-job training.”

Read more at the Portland Press Herald.