The Maine Governor does not like Art (or Unions, or History).
While not nearly as interesting as the Wisconsin situation, my state is also suffering from the whims of a newly elected Republican/Tea Party governor, Paul LePage.
He recently ordered the removal of a mural that depicts some of the history of Maine workers from the Department of Labor office.
His reasoning is that it's "not in keeping with the department's pro-business goals and some business owners complained." His office also released a fax as evidence of the complaints they've received about it.
In this mural I observed a figure which closely resembles the former commissioner of labor," the person wrote. "In studying the mural I also observed that this mural is nothing but propaganda to further the agenda of the Union movement. I felt for a moment that I was in communist North Korea where they use these murals to brainwash the masses."
It's signed, "A Secret Admirer." To my knowledge no other record of complaints have been released, and neither the Chamber of Commerce, the Department of Labor, nor the building the mural was in have received any complaints about it.
The latest is that while its final destination is being decided (many potential sites haven't offered to take it due to concerns that doing so would give the appearance of approval of its being removed in the first place) it was removed and put into storage. Except no one is allowed to know where it is being stored. The administration has decided to keep it's location secret "for its protection" until a new home is found for it.
Gov. LePage's previous well-thought-out moves include telling the NAACP to kiss his butt for questioning why he wouldn't attend their Martin Luther King Jr. event (which is did end up attending) and claiming that he'd tell Pres. Obama to "go to hell," when it comes to federal regulations.