Representative Bruce MacDonald wrote a letter of support for eh TIF in the Boothbay Register. I used to have a great correspondence with Representative MacDonald until I brought up The Small Enterprise Growth Fund and there has been only stone cold silence from Represntative Bruce MacDonald ever since.
I also brought up the Small Enterprise Growth Fund to my then state Senator, David Trahan, who has since quit politics. Trahan said that The Small Enterprise Growth Fund is one program that is working very well, while McDonald said nothing.
Later I learned that the SEGf violates Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution by exempting itself from a general law which says this:
3104. Conflicts of interest; purchases by the State
No trustee, superintendent, treasurer or other person holding a place of trust in any state office or public institution of the State shall be pecuniarily interested directly or indirectly in any contracts made in behalf of the State or of the institution in which he holds such place of trust, and any contract made in violation hereof is void. This section shall not apply to purchases of the State by the Governor under authority of Title 1, section 814. [1975, c. 771, §164 (AMD).]