US Labor Dept. Steps Into Mural Dispute - Portland News Story - WMTW Portland WASHINGTON -- Gov. Paul LePage's decision to not display a mural depicting the state's labor history, the U.S. Department of Labor wants a refund of any federal money that paid for it. A senior Labor Department official said LePage's decision to remove the art work from state offices does not comply with terms of a federal grant that paid for most of the mural's $60,000 cost. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to freely discuss the matter. The demand for reimbursement was made Monday in a letter to state officials. The Republican governor had the mural removed from state Labor Department offices last month after deciding that it was biased toward organized labor at the expense of his pro-business agenda.