The Ati-thesis , Marxism

"By that definition, a state capitalist country is one where the government controls the economy and essentially acts like a single huge corporation, extracting the surplus value from the workforce in order to invest it in further production.[3] Friedrich Engels, in Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, argues that state capitalism would be the final stage of capitalism consisting of ownership and management of large-scale production and communication by the bourgeois state.[4]"

Quoted from Wikepedia

Friday, January 27, 2012

The Belly of Maine Socialism Part Three: Envision Maine authors "Reinventing Maine Government" and GrowSmartMaine testifies for passage of legislation on "Reinventing Government"

There is legislation currently under consideration in our state legislation that as a strange similarity in name to the report commissioned by GrowSmartMaine from EnvisionMaine- both nonprofits started by Alan Caron.
The EnvisionMaine report is "Reinventing Maine Government"
The name of the legislation is  LR 1981 An Act To Implement Recommendations on Reinventing Government

GrowSmartmaine just testified favorably for the passage of this bill-

This is the current status of the bill

Sponsored by Senator Richard Woodbury

Status Summary

Reference Committee Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development
Last House Action 6/29/2011 - Carried over to any special and/or regular session of the 125th Legislature pursuant to Joint Order HP 1190.
D 1437 (SP 444)
"An Act To Implement Recommendations on Reinventing Government"
states that "Among the more comprehensive studies and reports produced in recent years are the Brookings Institution report, Charting Maine’s Future.

Sponsored by  Senator WOODBURY of Cumberland Independent
 Cosponsored By:   

Cosponsored By:     Representative CAIN of Orono Democrat
Representative HAYES of Buckfield Democrat
Senator HILL of York Democrat
Senator HOBBINS of York Democrat
Senator KATZ of Kennebec Republican
Senator LANGLEY of Hancock Republican
Representative PRESCOTT of Topsham Republican
Senator RECTOR of Knox Republican
Representative VOLK of Scarborough Republican

Envision Maine was instrumental in getting the Brookings Institute to write a report on charting Maine's future.

The Brookings Institutute is part of a movement to advance socialism in The United States.

LR 1981 An Act To Implement Recommendations on Reinventing Government  states the following:
Among the more comprehensive studies and reports produced in recent years are the Brookings Institution report, Charting Maine’s Future;

This 2009 article by Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media reports the following:

Following up, in April 2007, PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen reported that European socialists held a meeting “in the Democrats HQ in Washington,” met with officials of the party and Democratic members of Congress, and agreed that “PES activist groups” in various U.S. cities would start working together.

Photos of the trip showed Rasmussen meeting with such figures as Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Bernie Sanders, officials of the Brookings Institution, Howard Dean, and AFL-CIO President John W. Sweeney, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The Brookings Institution is headed by former Clinton State Department official Strobe Talbott, a proponent of world government who was identified in the book Comrade J as having been a pawn of the Russian intelligence service.

PES stands for The Party of European Socialists,

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at

I know of another group that also believes in a world government. Its called the Muslim Brotherhood and they believe that the world should be governed by Shariah Law. Do you think the  powerful Brookings Instiution can negotiate a "compromise consensus" with the Muslim Brotherhood for the sake of realizing their mutual goal- a one world government? The socialists are largely atheists but with  the lure of all that power in their hands, they might be willing to overlook that the Muslim Brotherhood  believes in a God. Think of the power and the grandeur! But  that will only last for a brief nano second in world history. Once power is consolidated under one totalitarian regime, the Muslim brotherhood will seek to fulfill Allah's command and rid the world of all the infidels, including atheistic socialists.

Its bad enough that our legislature ignores parts of our state constitution but at least thelegislature has sworn an oath to uphold the constitution. The lobbying groups who want to be the power behind 'reinventing government" have never sworn to such an oath and a lot of what they want to do and the language that they use dovetails succinctly with the global plan to redesign global human society from the top down known as Agenda Twenty One.

This blog Democrats Against Agenda Twenty One takes that plan straight to the local level and asks if you have observed certain things happening in your local community. In Maine the answers to the questions posed are a resounding YES! . Well worth reading!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Reinventing Maine Government" VS "Reclaiming Maine Government"

There is so much to write about that I can't keep up with it.

Sometimes I think I should start my own non-profit organization but I always meet that huge roadblock that is my own visceral feeling about what non-profits have become in this day and age and so I wonder if by doing so, I would have to sacrifice everything that is worth while. I like the freedom of being non-affiliated, in part because all my attempts at affiliation have been a confrontation with those who would censor the expression of my views.

But when I see something such as "Envision Maine", which as far as I can tell is an organization devoted to the election of Elliot Cutler, and which publishes and sells their manifesto called "Reinventing Maine Government", I think that someone should start and organization called "Reclaiming Maine" and publish a manifesto called "Reclaiming Maine Government", which would be a map for deconstructing all the government business development and government chartered corporations, government agencies, and the entire network of quaisi- public, quasi-private. quasi- profit, quasi  non-profit concoctions which taken as a whole is "reinventing the totalitarian state".

I became aware of this new political party - The Non-Partisan Party- which seeks to establish the "collective view" because non other than my nephew, Colin Woodard is charged with co-authoring their report and call to action. Colin is as impassioned about the far laft as I am about American constitutional conservatism, and has written a series of articles in the Portland Phoenix that are out to get Paul LePage starting the minute he took office. It is fair to describe it as "negative campaigning" against Paul Lepage, although Colin's current biography of Lepage seems quite fairly written due in part to the slim pickings in LePages background for those who are looking to darken his reputation.

Colin is also the author of a very popular book on Maine's history, The Lobster Coast, and a new book on American history called American Nations. From what I can gather from interviews, the latter book is called American "nations" because Colin's view of the United States is that there is nothing that unites us being that he seems to have a void where the understanding of political philosophy preserved in the United States Constitution should be.

In an interview on PBS Newshour, Colin states that "It is, because the real Founding Fathers weren't the generation that came together in 1775, and 1789 to put together our federation. They were the early colonial clusters' Founding Fathers in the early 1600s or the late 1600s or the early 1700s. And each of these colonial clusters and each of these founders, these founding groups, came -- founding very different countries, in essence.

Colin does not understand that our Founding Fathers are not called such because they settled a geographical area but because they founded our constitution, which is based on a distinct political philosophy  based in inalienable individual rights- not on a collectivist world view, which "Envision Maine" is seeking to establish as they pretend that the current administration of Maine is not a part of Maine group think- which may be true- as true as it is that I and countless other individuals are not included in the "consensus" of group think that has the mission of creating a "Maine Business Plan" which is none other than more of managing the economy from the top down.

So Today I took a proactive move and submitted my comment on Envision Maine.

The comment login requests one's title, which I entered as "United States Citizen" and one's organization, which I entered as "individual'

This is what I posted.Waiting for an answer:

 Why do we need a "collective" view of Maine's economy?

Why do we need a "Maine Business Plan".

How do you reconcile these statements with your plan to "decentralize government" ?

Why is this anything new and not just a rehash of the Baldacci administrations philosophy?

Why do you say we need a grass roots movement, when we already have many?

How can you talk about a consensus when you are intentionally ignoring what the current administration is doing?

What do you mean by"non-partisan"? Is this the name of a new political party- or what?

Why should we re-invent government instead of reclaiming our government ?

Why is there a limit on the length of comments?

Regarding the emphasis on a "collective view" or "consensus"- and the emphasis on the Maine Business Plan, I think they fit into this definition of "corporate state" found on Newsroom magazine

A political culture which is a form of corporatism whose adherents hold that corporate interests ( rather than individual ) are the foundations of the state.
Since I believe that Envisions Maine's actual purpose is to organize for an Eliot Cutler election, it might be that the emphasis on "collectivism" is to attract those who will work for a Cutler campaign. The concept of a "Maine Business plan" seems necessary only to those who think the state is a corporation. To the conservative view, government's role is to create an environment in which business can thrive and emphasizes lower taxes and fewer regulations.  In recent years the idea that it is government's role to hands-on manage the economy has grown with the expansion of "funds" - which are identified in various legislative bills as "the fund" or "the fund of funds" and that just means capital ( the means to production). I have thought to myself that it must be more glorious to be a CEO of the corporate state than to be a mere elected representative for a local district. The concept of creating a "Maine Business Plan" supports that view. I can imagine that now that the legislature has devised so many "funds' and vehicles for redistributing wealth, it must be very tempting for politicians to get their hands on those capital funds and use it to redesign the state for "social benefit" as the legislature likes to say, which means  re-inventing Maine from "God's Country" which implies a acceptance of a wisdom higher that that of man- or government by man, to the "way Maine should be" according to an elite ruling class.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Kestrel Discussion at Portland Press Herald Removed from Internet

Getting Back to the Kestrel Line of this story.

There was a story with an active comment discussion on the Portland Press Herald today at the link below but you will not find it there now, although last I checked on Google it is listed and dated 13 hours ago.

 Currently the latest Kestrel story at The Portland Press Herald is dated January 14th.

I commented on the disappeared page and was not the only one questioning our government's activities in venture capitalism. The first comments opined that there is something about this story that really stinks- to which I responded that what stinks is the charter of the MRRA. I mentioned the government regulation I had come across that stated that local government disqualifies a project for federal funds and the disappearance of that link from my blog post and the internet. Now the whole conversation in which I made this statement has also disappeared from the internet.

Another poster told his story of trying to get space last summer at the MRRA to store some goods but he was refused even though there were many empty warehouses.He commented that he wasn't in the right sector to be allowed in. This can only happen when the tax payer is almost entirely funding the whole corporation, allowing the managers to pick and choose who gets in even as spaces sit empty. If the business development had to pay its own way, it could not be so choosy and whatever evolves there would be quite different than the government designed city state that the government owned MRRA has planned.

However  I recently read that Goodwill Industries will be located in the MRRA complex- not exactly "targeted sector' material!- And in recent months I also heard that the state finally agreed to sell the land that privately owned houses at the MRRA sit on to that same private owner. Something seems to have changed,

The Portland Press Herald Story reported that Kestrel had lost the New Markets Tax Credit that had been approved by CEI earlier this year but did not report that the MRRA had also tried to get funds through a federal program that sells green cards and permament residencies to immigrants who will  invest half a million dollars in businesses in the United States that create at least 10 jobs

This attempt to get federal funding appears to have fallen through as well.

Meanwhile the tax payers have to keep on funding the salaries and pension plans for those employed at the MRRA and charged with developing new business.

And I keep looking for that federal regulation that I once had posted on my blog. I start to wonder if I read it rightly but since it is no longer there I cannot confirm that one way or the other  and so the mystery lingers on.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Belly of Maine Socialism - Part Two

 Into The Belly Of Maine State Socialism Part One

I have gotten on to a side track here on the University of Maine, which is a major recipient of  funds from the legislature's redistribution of wealth programs.

As mentioned previously Peter Pitegoff, the current Dean of The University of Maine Law School,  is on the board of the Coastal Enterprises Incorporated whose mission statement  includes the words "all to achieve social and economic justice within sustainable communities."

Peter Pitegoff's bio contains a similar statement, stating that his focus is on social and economic justice
In Maine, Pitegoff is advancing the Law School through new program development and engagement with diverse institutions. He has positioned the Law School to expand upon its pivotal role in law, policy, and economic development regionally and in Maine and to achieve a higher profile on a global stage. Curricular innovation is bolstering a historically stellar teaching institution, faculty research kindles scholarly exchange and publication, and public service pervades the organizational culture. With a focus on the environment, ocean and coastal issues, social and economic justice, health policy, and more, Pitegoff is working to identify the Law School as a destination point for students, faculty, scholars, lawyers, and policymakers from near and far
....... In 2006, the presiding officers of the Maine Legislature appointed Dean Pitegoff to the advisory committee on legislative ethics.

The phrase "social and political justice" represents a specific political movement. It is not within the scope of the current post to define it, but one can get a general idea by reviewing the table of contents of the the link below. Today the phrase "social justice" or "social and political justice' is largely associated with the radical left which desires to transform the American political system into socialism. The identification of these specific phrases is so generally known, that it is hard to believe that one can use these words without understanding that they will be identified with the socialist movement within the United States of America.

Economics and Economic Justice Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The University of Maine is a major recipient of the legislature's redistribution of wealth initiatives, and has a Department for  Marxist and Socialist Studies.

I wanted to know how the American political philosophy is represented at Maine's public university

I searched "curriculum James Madison" at The University of Maine website but found no links that related to any courses that mention James Madison. Most of the links referred to the James Madison Fellowship or a town by the name of Madison. The Jame Madison Fellowship is awarded to one recipient per year per state
with a maximum stipend of $24,000 for up to two years of graduate study

I searched " curriculum Karl Marx" and got 24 results. all on the first page were specific references to courses on Karl Marx

I searched "curriculum Federalist Papers". There were 24 results but none related to the Federalist Papers, There was one result that actually had the word "Federalist Papers". It is a 2011 study on why teenagers drop out of GED. In a section on what will be included in 2012 GED test it states:
More history, civics, and government; More graphics, photographs; More clearly defined content in U.S. and world history; More analys; Different content areas tested within same item setlMore single-item questions; At least one "practical" document (voters' guide, tax form,etc.); At "least one excerpt from U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence;  Federalist   Papers,   or landlemark Supreme Court cases
Note that says at least ONE question on ANY of the U..S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, Federalist Papers, or landmark Supreme Court cases
I guess that is a start on reclaiming a place for our own political philosophy in our own educational system But it is pretty much swamped by the representation that Marxism-socialism receives in our educational systems. Even having a federal department of education is more socialist that related to the political philosophy that founded the United States of America, which is based on a very small federal government.

However as long as government is" spreading the wealth around" to education, wouldn't it be wise to mandate that high school students be required to study The Federalist Papers, which record the thinking that went into the formation of the United States Constitution? Then they would have a background in our own political philosophy that would prepare them for the socialistic indoctrination that is so highly prevalent at our institutions of higher learning which so frequently reduces the American political philosophy to a mis-use of the term "capitalism" .

The private capitalism system is essential to the free enterprise system which is based in the fundamental political philosophy that founded the United States of America. It is not THE political philosophy of the United States. If the economic principal of free enterprise can be fundamentally transformed from within our educational systems, then what is next?  Will Shariah Law also be infiltrated into our system despite the fact that Shariah Law is a conflation of religion and state, while the United States politcal philsophpy is based in the separation of church and state?. If our own political philsophy continues to be under-represented in our educational system, then maybe future generations will forget the principals undelying the separation of church and state just as they do not understand the political philosophy underlying the free enterprise system.

The Maine legislature is redistributing wealth to The University Of Maine, which is educating about the political philosophy of socialism , at best disproportionately to the education of the American political philosophy, and at worst as pure indoctrination. This is what they call "social and economic justice"? Yeah Right!

Afternote: I have been researching the meanings of the terms "social and economic justice' and in particular the legal meaning.. I am  finding that withing each definition there is a lot of room for interpretation and so I acknowledge that I may interpret the meaning one way and it may be intended another - to be fair.
I find that the Center for Economic and Social Justice is quite precise in its terminology- but  the terms as they are popularly being used today do not necessarily have the same meaning as described below. The term "distributive justice" has an entirely different meaning as associated with programs like Fannie May and Freddie Mack, where in the government decided that everyone had to own a home and ordered banks to write mortgages for those who could not afford them. This is the opposite of the definition presented by the Center for Economic and Social Justice below. Since the definitions presented by the center for Economic and Social Justice are grounded in the concept of private property, the meaning of the terms would have a completely different meaning in systems that do not allow for private property.
Many confuse the distributive principles of justice with those of charity. Charity involves the concept "to each according to his needs," whereas "distributive justice" is based on the idea "to each according to his contribution." Confusing these principles leads to endless conflict and scarcity, forcing government to intervene excessively to maintain social order.
          Center for Economic and Social Justice

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Following the Financing of Kestrel leads to the Belly of Maine State Socialism PART ONE

I have been doing some research in an attempt to unravel the Kestrel de-financing mystery. I think it should concern Maine taxpayers who were told that voting for the 8 million dollar bond for the MRRA would bring in more federal money.

When I started this post, I envisioned it as a short concise piece tracking the financing of Kestrel and then attempting to do the math on how that works out for the taxpayer. I had a specific outline but  as I started writing I found there were a lot of unanswered questions to confirm and what do you know- before I knew it I was "surfing the internet' in hot pursuit of my theme until my short concise idea became rambling and complex. Perhaps after I ride out this wave I will write another piece that achieves the original intent but for now I have decided to publish this in a series of parts and do so as I go along as I do not have the luxury of taking the time to compose the whole journey into a contemplated, organized whole. I always feel like I am stealing time from other activities that I need to get back to - So recording the journey as it unravels is the now Da Plan!

From piecing together two articles, one from CEI Capital Management LLC, in April 2011 and another from Areo News on January 03 2012, it appears that it $20.7 Million from the New Markets Tax Credit Program, fell through. This is a federal tax credit program designated low income areas. It can be used for any kind of business.  The website states the following:

CEI Capital Management, LLC (CCML) is a for-profit subsidiary of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) that furthers CEI's mission to help create economically and environmentally healthy communities in which all people, especially those with low incomes, can reach their full potential by working to help attract capital to low-income areas using the U.S. Treasury Department’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program.
The New Market Tax Credits program targets  areas of low income and applies to any kind of business, not only those in the Maine legislature's "targeted sector", but that description is in the  federal program. However the state agencies that I have run across all target the legislature's "targeted sector" and seek to satisfy the "social benefits" justification for use of taxpayer money under the tenants of the green science theocracy that rules in this state. This is the list of Coastal Enterprises investments, many of which are located in other states. I only did a quick scan on this list looking for recipients that fell out side of the states "targeted sectors". It seemed every instance that caught my attention turned out to be an investment in a state other than Maine- but since the investigation was hardly thorough, I say that with reserve.

This is the CEI's Mission Statement:

CEI’s philosophy and mission are rooted in the civil rights movement. Since its inception in 1977, CEI has grown and adapted to changing markets and new possibilities, always focused on helping people, especially those with low incomes, reach their full potential. Targeted sectors have included:
  • value-added fisheries, farms and forest projects
  • microenterprise development 
  • targeted job creation
  • the creation of supported, rental and privately-owned housing
  • assistance to women business owners
  • child care facility development and
  • support for refugees and new immigrants
all to achieve social and economic justice within sustainable communities.

Now where have we heard that term "social justice" before? I googled "coin "social justice" and found this from a Website called First Things.

Today, political activists often use the phrase “social justice” to justify government redistribution of wealth. In the mid-1800s, however, Taparelli prefaced “justice” with “social” to emphasize the social nature of human beings and, flowing from this, the importance of various social spheres outside civic government. For Taparelli, these two factors were essential in formulating a just approach to helping those in need.

For full disclosure  this is a statement from First Things  About Us page :
First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.

So it looks like there is a historical basis for my personal nickname for the legislature's institution of "social benefit" as part of their economic development program. I think of it as the the green science theocracy - a theocracy that I encountered in living color at the Juice conference in 2009 and which envoked a strong and visceral and abhorrent reaction with in me as I sat in observance of the dispaly before me- but that is another story.

Some may take issue with my calling the green science "social benefit" agenda a theocracy. My reasons for this label are that the green science agenda is based on selective views from the scientific community that uphold the chosen belief system. Alternate views from the broader scientific community are discounted meaning that the selective belief system is effectively upheld as an absolute truth in the same way that indoctrinated religions posit absolute truths. Since these absolute truths are then administered by government, it functions as a theocracy, with the concept of God being replaced by unquestionable scientific truths and concepts of "good and evil" transposed as government indoctrinated "social benefit". To my experience the term "social benefit" is a misnomer since the green science theocracy doesn't put much weight on human needs other than material needs, which is just one level of functioning within a human society. I think I share  some of  Taparelli views in that regard.

The question remains unanswered as to why the federal funding for Kestrel fell through. Considering the amount of tax money invested in the MRRA on the promise of federal funds this is a question that should concern the general taxpayer. The question in my mind is whether it fell through for the Kestrel project or fell through for MRRA, which would have a more far reaching impact, especially if it concerns the unconventional merging of two mutually exclusive legal entities- a municipal corporation and an instrumentality of the state. If the loss of the federal capitalization had to do with this, it would likely apply to the other federal  funding for the MRRA, which gets the bulk of its funding from the federal government.

The CEI used these words to describe the MRRA "a public municipal corporation established by the Maine State Legislature" . One would think that CEI would understand the legal complications of the MRRA's impossible structure as both a municipal corporation and an instrumentality of the state and so I interpret that language as a cover to make it all sound copacetic. The words "established by the legislature" are often used as if to convey authority, while overlooking that the legislature has an authority that governs it- the Maine constitution and United States law to which they must take an oath to uphold. I find it incredulous that no one at CEI would see the obvious, - that a municipal corporation and an instrumentality of the state cannot be merged. I have read court opinions on this matter in which it is very clearly stated that the two are mutually exclusive. The CEI  board includes Peter Pitegoff ,the sixth Dean of the University of Maine School of Law and so seems reasonable to conclude that the CEI  willfully looked the other way when they awarded the capitalization for this project. The words "chartered by the legislature" probably make it alright in the minds of those who made that decision.

The University Of Maine is in the inner circle of the legislature's "targeted sector". If you search the term 'socialism" on the
University of Maine website, you will get 129 results.

This diagram found for the first course on the list Models of Market Socialism makes my case that the operative government of Maine is socialist. Unfortunately, this diagram is too wide for the space but I have transposed the top layer of content so that it can be presented here. I think it clearly demonstrates that the The State of Maine, post disregarding Article IV, Part Third , Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution, is unquestionably a socialist government

Aside from  my italicized comments- this is directly quoted from the University of Maine course.
Ownership of wealth/means of production

Soviet Socialism: State
          Capitalism: private and inheritable

Accumulation, control & use of surplus (e.g., investment)

Soviet Socialism:State appropriation and investment
          Capitalism: Exploitation; private savings; private banks
The minute  opinionated adjectives are inserted such as the word "Exploitation" - applied exclusively to capitalism above, the course goes from one of education to one of indoctrination. The comparison between socialism and capitalism is already a form of indoctrination as it compares a political philosophy (socialism) not with another political philosophy (democratic republic or the American political philosophy) but with the economic principals of the American  political philosophy  and thereby reducing the whole of the American political philosophy to its economic part, when  it is actually a philosophy based on esoteric principals such as inalienable rights. If one uses language that signifies a complete political philosophy for one- then a similar signifier should be used for the system of comparison The fact of the matter is both systems are capitalistic but Marx successfully reconfigured the word 'capitalism" to signify private capitalism, when it's pure meaning is  actually  inclusive of "state capitalism" and "private capitalism". The economic system of socialism is state capitalism. The economic system of the American political philosophy is private capitalism. Using these terms would be a more equitable comparison. -that is what the diagram explains. If  equitable language were used in the first place then the inclusion of the adjective "Exploitation" would rightly be distributed equally across both systems- but that's a fact of life.

                             Coordination: market vs. planning

Soviet Socialism: central planning
         Capitalism: markets in consumer and producer goods, capital and   labor; fiscal & monetary  policy; minimal state investment

Accountability of management

Soviet Socialism: to state bureaucracy
          Capitalism: to non-working owners (note the exclusion of working owners- i.e., the micro economy)

Place the MRRA in this map- where does it fit? A business development owned and operated by the state and granted the power of eminent domain in its charter. It's goal is the central planning of Maine's economy.

Take the Small Enterprize Growth Fund- truly an example of socializing the risk and privatizing the gain and to whom does it submit it's annual report? The legislature who chartered this hybrid corporation. I think that falls into the category accountability to the state bureaucracy.(socialism)

It is time for me to get back to other activities but I will leave you with this very interesting link to another course of socialism being taught at the University Of Maine, a  state institution of higher learning that has had Bill Ayers as a guest speaker twice in recent months to my count. It all fits together like a glove.

From The University Of Maine

Socialist and Marxist Studies Series

(Controversy Series)
Fall 2010

To be continued .

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kestrel Aircraft loses federal funding at MRRA and leaves Maine for a Juicier Deal.

Kestrel Aircraft eyeing Wisconsin for new mfg. facility

This story tells the story of what is happening not only in Maine but in this country. At some point one state had the grand idea of offering large company's tax breaks to locate in their state which grew to  a competition among the states, led by the transfer of wealth to the federal government, which then is re-distributed back to the states. Not only do the states have to offer state tax incentives but federal money as well and the ante keeps going up as each state tries to have the competitive edge over the other.

This article doesn't explain why the MRRA lost it"s federal funds to grant to Kestrel Aircraft . I guess Maine Biz either has no curiosity or doesn't believe that the tax payers need to know. Could it be because the legislature chartered the MRRA as a "municipal corporation" and then chartered it as an "instrumentality of the state" creating complications for federal funding which cannot go to local governance? Maybe the feds read the charter???? Whatever the reason, the MRRA is almost entirely funded by the taxpayer so maybe we should know what happened but apparently the Maine media - or the government- doesn't think we should have that information as it is left out of the stories that I have read.

After trying to amend the charter of this corporation so that it would exclude all local government, after losing the federal funding ( for whatever unstated reason) the state then tries to get the funding through Franklin County, (local governance)- this after the legislature succeeded in excluding all elected Brunswick officials off of the board of the MRRA. I am sure that helped them to get the local funding!

What is the funding for ? - the big tax breaks that all big companies expect to be offered these days to locate any where, meaning that the rest of the economy has to carry them on their backs. (note added later- there was also some discussion that Kestrel is leaving due to Maine's high energy costs, although I had heard that a decline in federal funding was involved ). I  am surprised that this company didn't qualify for the newly transformed Pine Tree Zone which caters to companies that hire 500 or more people and offers them up to 100% deductions on corporate and personal tax plus an 80% "tax credit" ( meaning paid by Maine taxpayers) on their federal payroll tax. Could it be because this company employs only 300 people? The transformed Pine tree Zone never actually states that the company has to employ more than 500 people- but that is the only size of business mentioned.

Maybe its about time we demanded some "innovation" from our state government to come up with some new ideas about how to stimulate the economy other than giving all the big companies tax breaks and dumping the cost on the rest of the economy.

CORRECTION: I just reviewed the Pine Tree Zone Legislation and found that the the number of employees mentioned is 250 and not - the 500 figure actually relates to the loss of jobs to qualify high unemployment that were in the original Pine Tree Zone Legislation. The transformed Pine Tree Zone essentially reconfigures the "targeted sector" of the original legislation from areas of "low income and high unemployment" to favoring companies employing upwards of 250 employees. If you factor in that the legislature's goals have been to create "quality jobs" - which,from compounded readings of numerous acts, means jobs with high pay and the best benefits fo the "targeted sector", The "targeted sector" for the Pine Tree Zone is found at DEDC, the Government 's Office of Business Development
  • Biotechnology
  • Aquaculture and Marine Technology
  • Composite Materials Technology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Advanced Technologies for Forestry and Agriculture
  • Manufacturing, including Precision Manufacturing
  • Information Technology
  • Financial Services

    Since these are jobs for which the training is usually extensive it is obvious that if such a company should locate in an impoverished region of Maine,which are typically areas of high unemployment and low income,  that the effect would be to raise real estate values and property taxes and to drive out the existing populations that lack the specialized training for the "targeted sector" jobs that are the beneficiaries of our legislature's redistribution of wealth strategies. Ironically it is that sector of the economy that is relegated to "the un-targeted' sector of the economy and defined by default as the "un-creative classes" and "the non-innovative economy" that must actually create wealth in order to survive. In the eyes of state capitalism, whose function is to redistribute wealth and to concentrate it in the "targeted sector" the definition of "creativity" excludes wealth creation, which government bureaucracies do not and cannot do.