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"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. 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."
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SUMMARYThe proposed 2013 Act addressed a conflict of interest between the communities right to know and freedom of access to information concerning toxic and hazardous substances vs the protection of trade secrets. It was voted "ought not to pass" by the Maine Legislature citing that it would compromise the ability to attract large corporations to the state. The act which sought to protect the public's right to know was voted down, keeping the confidentiality provisions favoring protecting trade secrets in place pursuant to §4251. Public-private partnerships; transportation projects
This bill implements the majority recommendation of the Right To Know Advisory Committee.
Current law requires that the Department of Transportation submit to the Legislature a bill that authorizes the agreement that implements a public-private partnership for the development of a transportation facility. This bill requires the department to publish public notice on the department's publicly accessible website or in newspapers when it has determined that a public-private proposal and agreement meets the standards of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 23, chapter 410, subchapter 5 and to wait at least 30 days after the public notice has been published to submit the bill.
The Legislature determines that it is in the public interest for the State to examine its emergency response mechanisms and procedures for accidents involving hazardous materials, to establish a comprehensive program for the disclosure of information about hazardous substances in the community and to provide a procedure whereby residents of this State may gain access to this information.[1985, c. 494, §2 (NEW).] (emphasis mine)
22 §1696-F. Provision of information; trade secretsTitle 22: HEALTH AND WELFARESubtitle 2: HEALTHPart 3: PUBLIC HEALTH HEADING: PL 1989, C. 487, §11 (RPR)Chapter 271: HEALTH PROGRAMS§1696-F. Provision of information; trade secrets (repealed & replaced with special law for public-private transportation projects)
A person may withhold the identity of a specific toxic or hazardous substance, if the substance is a trade secret. For purposes of this section, "trade secret" means any confidential formula, pattern, process, device, information or compilation of information, including chemical name, that is used in any employer's business that gives the employer an opportunity to obtain any advantage over competitors who do not know or use it. All other information, including routes of exposure, effects of exposure, type and degree of hazard and emergency treatment and response procedures, must be provided if requested by the Director of the Bureau of Health and is considered a public record. [1999, c. 57, Pt. B, §4 (AMD).] (emphasis mine)SECTION HISTORY1985, c. 494, §2 (NEW). 1999, c. 57, §B4 (AMD).
The Legislature finds that adequate measures must be taken to ensure that any threats to the health of the people of the State posed by natural phenomena or the introduction of potentially toxic substances into the environment are identified, appropriately considered and responded to by those responsible for protecting the public's health and environment. [1981, c. 508, §1 (NEW).]
The purpose of this chapter is to create an Environmental Health Program within the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health, which would provide the department with the capability it requires to discharge its responsibilities satisfactorily, and to advise other departments and boards charged with similar or related responsibilities regarding the potential health implications of their actions. [1981, c. 508, §1 (NEW); 2003, c. 689, Pt. B, §6 (REV).]
1981, c. 508, §1 (NEW). 2003, c. 689, §B6 (REV).
Current Status of Section on Confidentiality:
Why is the Maine Legislature writing a special set of laws for public-private relationships? The Maine Constitution says that all corporations however formed are subject to general laws.
§4251. Public-private partnerships; transportation projects10-A. Confidential information. Information submitted to the department relating to a public-private partnership proposal under this subchapter is confidential and not a public record under Title 1, chapter 13, subchapter 1 if the private entity submitting the information designates the information as being only for the confidential use of the department and if:
A. The information is a trade secret as defined in Title 10, section 1542, subsection 4; or [2013, c. 208, §3 (NEW).]
B. Disclosure of the information would result in a business or competitive disadvantage, loss of business, invasion of privacy or other significant detriment to the private entity to whom the record belongs or pertains. [2013, c. 208, §3 (NEW).]
If legal action is filed to gain access to the information designated as confidential under this subsection, the private entity must defend its designation and the department shall release the information in accordance with the order of the reviewing court. Failure to defend the designation under this subsection constitutes a waiver of confidentiality by the private entity and the department shall release the information.
[ 2013, c. 208, §3 (NEW) .]
Treatment of municipal water supplies to insure potability can mean variation in the amount and kind of ions, especially when the raw water changes with seasonal floods, droughts, or industrial waste contamination. The major waterborne ions affecting the degree of deflocculation of claybased slips are Ca2+ , Mg2+ , Fe 2+ , C1 - , and SO4= . Hardness is expressed in terms of CaCO 3 although this figure covers the sum of Ca2+ , Mg2+ , and Fe 2+ present, regardless of its original form. Very soft water contains as little as 15 ppm of hardness while a hard water carries 100-200 ppm. The alkalinity of water usually consists of calcium or magnesium bicarbonate. Softening of water with lime and soda ash introduces carbonate and hydroxyl ions. Sulfate may enter as alum used in clarifying water or from industrial sources while chloride may come from chlorine-treating or naturally occurring salts.?
The presence of calcium hardness in whatever form is reflected in increased deflocculant requirement of casting lips and reduced fluidity, even at maximum deflocculation.
Non-deflocculating- chloride and sulfate ions also increase deflocculant requirement and further reduce fluidity. Rate of cast and percent retained water are increased by the presence of alkaline earth chlorides and/or sulfates. NASA, The Role of Water in SlipcastingI was about to report this to the Boothbay Water Department again, when I came upon a 2016 report written by the water department, which claims that the drought, one of the conditions that the NASA paper sites as a cause, is good for business. The drought is good for business? Is this for real? We have a drought and our local water supply's response is that it is good for business? Further more the water company's view of the great business season of 2016 contradicts everything I have heard at the retail street level, which is that the retail summer market, continues to be in recession as has been the case since 2002. Why asks retailers?They are the small guys in the wealth creating sector- the Water District's data for our booming economy is based on the wealth redistribution sectors of non-profit and government .
GENERAL In formulating the Boothbay Region Water District 2016 Budget, all normal operational activities have been funded including all salaries and related benefits, as negotiated January 2016 with Teamsters Local #340. The following summary is an outline and analysis of the 2016 budget as related to actual spending and the activities and goals of the district proposed by the management for fiscal year (FY) 2017.
I GENERAL DISCUSSION & ANALYSIS OF 2015 BUDGET AS RELATED TO FY 2015 ACTUAL A. REVENUE
Early in 2016 the Boothbay region began to experience drought conditions. Even though droughts are generally bad for crops and water reserves, the byproduct is an abundance of warm, sunny summer days. Coupled with the on-going drought the national and state economy was thriving, allowing tourists more discretionary income, which translated to a very successful and hectic tourist season. 2016 was an excellent year for revenue, setting an all-time high at $3,367,520.83. Much of the higher than expected earnings were derived by state, federal and private grant income totaling $217,988.96 with an additional $100,000.00 in revenue from a short-term line of credit from the First National Bank of Damariscotta and transfer from cash reserves of $388,661.13. In addition to the contributions to total revenue listed above, the economy seems to have been strong and the weather warmer than usual and extremely dry, creating the perfect conditions for a strong tourist season. In October, the district became the first non-profit water utility to take advantage of the Infrastructure Surcharge allowed by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) which was enacted just before seasonal overage billing. With only one quarter of the year the district realized an addition $34,429.65 in revenue slated solely for the cost of newly constructed infrastructure. Boothbay Region Water District
414.00 JOBBING REVENUE - Coupled with the strong tourist season the
construction industry was also experiencing a strong year with new construction or major rehabilitation to properties experienced district wide. The district added over 40 new customers in 2016 which required billable hours by district staff to complete. The performance of this accounting line item exceeded 50% more than expected.
- MISCELLANEOUS - This accounting category added 600% more revenue to theThrough out the report the alleged "improved economy" which is built on redistributed wealth and credit, continues to be emphasized. The section on materials and chemicals is no exception. The information cited above in the NASA report on the effects of drought and construction on the water supply is a non-issue. In fact lets build a new four lane highway, passing right by our water supply- its all about the money and that is all about the wealth redistribution and credit economy !
district than expected. Jobbing Revenue and Establishment of Service showed marked improvements due directly to a strong economy and new construction. As will be dealt with in IA EXPENSES, the district to a large extent overextended itself with regard to capital infrastructure investment requiring a $388,661.13 depletion of the district’s cash reserves and a year ending drawdown of $100,000.00 of a line-of-credit held by the First National Bank of Damariscotta. However, during the year, the district received an additional $217,988.96 in federal, state and private grants to support infrastructure installation and land acquisition, all of which contributed to the inflation of this accounting category. Boothbay Region Water District
3. Materials and Supplies - With the improved economy and the increased demand of more tourists on the system overall, the district exceeded the budget expectation for materials and supplies by 12%. Two subsets within this budgetary category exceeded spending projections, those being Chemicals and M&S Transmission & Distribution.
a. Chemicals - Treatment chemicals ended the year approximately 24% over 2016 budget estimates. Much of this overage was a simple cause and effect due to 30% more summer demand for water due to the outstanding tourist season. In addition, because of persistent drought conditions, the district used more of its annual allocation for water from Knickerbocker Lake, withdrawing near its permit withdrawal limit to meet demand and preserve Adams Pond at a higher level going into the winter where Adams Pond is the only drinking water source for the Boothbay region. Knickerbocker Lake water quality is much less than that of Adams Pond due to development around the lake and within its watershed. Boothbay Region Water District 2017 Budget 4 Consequently, the water treated from Knickerbocker Lake requires more chemicals to treat to the high level of purity the district demands. Boothbay Region Water DistrictThe report continues on- exclaiming about our hot and booming economy every step of the way. telling of increased construction and additives as a result of our allegedly booming economy and never a thought about the effects of construction and additives on the water supply itself. Since we are experiencing a drought again this season, I am guessing that the water supply we are drawing upon is Knickerbocker Lake which was stressed to the limit in 2016 and in response to that was being overdosed with additives. I can't speak to what effect that might have for human health concerns but I think the 2016 report from the Boothbay Water Department confirms my speculations about what is affecting our ability to produce a functioning casting slip. It looks like we will have to mix our next batch with bottled water. I will report back on if this solves our problem.
A. 1989 Comprehensive Plan The Town’s 1989 Comprehensive Plan was developed by a volunteer Comprehensive Plan Committee. The plan is a mix of long-range planning considerations and very specific ordinance type proposals. As part of the planning process, the Committee conducted a survey of both year-round and seasonal residents with a very high rate of participation (a total of 651 surveys were completed with about 60% from year-round residents and 40% from seasonal residents). The results from the survey are included in the plan. The plan includes the following conclusions from the community survey:
- “There is a remarkable degree of unanimity (lack of controversy) in the public opinion expressed in the survey. Both residents and non-residents felt strongly that the town should protect the groundwater from contamination (the most strongly held opinion).”
“he Maine Technology Institute has given the University of Southern Maine and University of Maine a $493,577 grant to boost their partnerships with private-sector manufacturers.…. University of Maine's Advanced Manufacturing Center and University of Southern Maine's Manufacturing Applications Center matched the grant with $567,000…."The centers received contributions from business partners, including Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers in Freeport, Hydro International in Portland and Sappi Paper in Westbrook, according to John Belding, director of UMaine's center. ” MTI grant to help manufacturing R&D MAINEBIZ April 2 2013Quote from article 2 (talking about The Advanced Manufacturing Center at The University of Maine) University program helps Maine cos. lower costs MAINE BIZ April 2 2013
For projects that have received MTI funding — around 25% of the UMaine work — the university charges no overhead expenses as "it's basically the state paying the state," Belding says. Many of those projects, he says, come to the center for development work before applying for an MTI grant and have continued support after.The State Advanced Manufacturing Center at the University of Maine has many advantages over private sector companies, one being that it employs student labor. There is little information to be found about how student labor is paid, but the implication is that state manufacturing can offer lower rates because it employs student labor.
The term laissez faire likely originated in a meeting that took place around 1681 between powerful French Comptroller-General of Finances Jean-Baptiste Colbert and a group of French businessmen headed by a certain M. Le Gendre. When the eager mercantilist minister asked how the French state could be of service to the merchants and help promote their commerce, Le Gendre replied simply "Laissez-nous faire" ("Leave it to us" or "Let us do [it]," the French verb not having to take an object) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laissez-faire
L.D. 1334, An Act to Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue to Repair and Renovate the Former Cutler Navy Base in Washington County to Facilitate Development and Stimulate the Economy was carried over by the Legislature's Appropriations Committee. The legislation would send a bond issue question to the voters that, if approved, would provide funds to repair and modernize the buildings on the former base.This funding is essential to the successful redevelopment of the property and would allow this significant public asset to again contribute to the state's economy. The Authority strongly recommends passage of LD 13 34.
The Authority also recommends that the state invest the necessary staff and financial resources to support the redevelopment of the former Cutler base. A bill that would have provided direct financial support to the Authority (LD 1333) was defeated in the last legislative session. The Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development has appointed Brian Mulligan as his representative on the Authority's Board; Mr. Mulligan's active participation has been very helpful. Staff support in grant proposal development, project administration, and property management would help move the redevelopment project forward.
(Sec. 2853) Authorizes the Secretary of the Navy to convey to the State of Maine, or a subdivision or agency thereof, the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Cutler, Maine. Authorizes the lease of such property pending conveyance. H.R.4205 –Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (emphasis added)