The article is Investments a better way to economic development than tax cuts By Victoria Mayer, Special to the BDN
When I entered the discussion, I anticipated that my post would be blocked and therefore I made no effort to hold myself back when I posted this:
She is on the right track in returning economic development to the local level as we see in the two city states of Maine thriving on the large haul they receive in taxpayer revenue coming from Maine and United States taxpayers and all of it invested within their own municipal boundaries- but these are state courts with streets flowing with revenue coming directly out of taxpayer pockets and so they will not see a reduction in revenue that they haul in from taxpayers- in fact their share of taxpayer revenue will likely expand along with the expansion of the FAME corporation which budget will increase upwards of 46% under the Lepage plan and which function is to redistribute taxpayer revenue to the governments chosen private winners- with the state governed municipalities being on the top of the gift receiving list!
Since the state municipal courts have eliminated local governance and municipal services are not a state function, the elimination of municipal revenue sharing will not affect these two shining stars of the corporate state's cash cow politics The names of these two towns are MRRA and Lorring.
Education in Maine is almost totally controlled by the corporate state which deemed the U of M to be its own corporate instrumentality in 1981 and then awarded itself jurisdiction over education at U of M inc in 1995 and thereafter instituting Marxist and Socialist Studies as a minor at U of M inc, which also houses state owned manufacturing. Public educational money is already being used to train workers to fit the corporate grid designed by Maine's political class.
In 2013 funds were taken out of usual state functions to "invest" in yet another workers training program to the exclusive benefit of businesses conforming to the state's designs. Some of that money was taken from the Department of Corrections which is almost a match for the shortfall for the Department of Corrections which had to be emergency funded this year, with LePage chided the Department of Corrections for poor fiscal management after the state robbed its resources to finance the corporate state's investments in the corporate grid of Maine.
In short money going to education is really money going to a state controlled economy- not to a locally developed economy. Best to vote those bonds down if the aim is to return the development of our economy to local communities versus the centrally controlled development advanced by corporation of Maine and its network of many subsidiary corporations. Local communities can find ways to develop job training which can extend beyond the corporate grid into a more diverse field welcoming a more diverse population. It's not like if the state doesn't control worker training- then there will be none- That is an object which is totally possible to achieve in the private sector and at a local level.
Much to my surprise the post remains in view- with one comment typical of the criticism I receive from my detractors:
This referred to a typo I made when I typed the word "track" which I have since corrected. Clearly there was something else that dwneast could not tolerate. I suspect he is a member of the As Maine Goes team of meanies who commonly attacked myself personally charging me with poor typing skills, which I confess is indeed the truth!
But the conversation continues as we speak and has become an interesting one. So in consideration of my recent ranting about free speech oppression by the Maine media- It is now called for to give the Bangor Daily News the credit it is due for allowing this conversation to continue online and to allow this voice to be a part.