At the end of 1969, Superintendent Bowman declared that the medical staff of Pineland Center would stop “donat[ing] 14 hours of the time to the state of Maine…” by working 54 hours per week, despite the $9 per week raise the 104th Legislature had given all state workers. “The staff assured him, Dr. Bowman said, that despite the reduction in hours ‘no patient would suffer in any way’”. (Lewiston Evening Journal, September 10, 1969)
On the ballot in 1969 was a referendum bond issue for $2.5 million in funds to “enlarge and improve” institutions, which passed by a large margin.
Complaints brought by staff around pay and hours were also addressed:
Even after this, Superintendent Bowman would rail against the Legislature and State government for “rigid and monolithic” administration of the institutional system. Bowman would be pushed out of the superintendent position in 1971, after running Pineland for 18 years.