Maine Biz Uses Claims Made by Government Chartered Non-Profit Corporation To Support Legislature's Side in Bond Debate
This is my online comment to that article.
MTI- Maine Technological Institute is BOTH government and non-profit. It is a non-profit corporation chartered by special act of legislation in violation of the Maine State Constitution, which our legislature routinely ignores as it continues to entrench a network of special corporations chartered by special acts of legislation. Article IV, Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution prohibits the legislature from chartering corporations by special act of legislation with an exception for municipal purposes and - an almost never applicable exception - for something that can't be done any other way.
Article IV Part Third Section 14 of the Maine State constitution then goes on to say that all corporations, however formed , are subject to general law. However corporate records are generally found at the Bureau of Corporations but this is not true for special corporations formed by special act of legislation. Those records are stashed away at the legislature's library which serves as the corporate headquarters depository of corporate records for the corporate state - all of which is government.
The Maine Development Foundation is another non-profit corporation chartered by special act of legislation. To quote from Title 10 Chapter 107 of the Maine statutes:
The foundation shall exist as a not-for-profit corporation with a public purpose, and the exercise by the foundation of the powers conferred by this chapter shall be deemed and held to be an essential governmental function. [1977, c. 548, §1 (NEW).]
The Maine Development Foundation is a kind of head honcho of the corporate state, giving birth to a vast network of government chartered corporations each with their own special funds- usually called "the fund" in each special charter. The funds are frequently replenished with tax payer dollars and money from any source the legislature can concoct. They are depository of redistributed wealth. There now exists in Maine a deeply entrenched network of such depositories all to the benefit of the legislature's "targeted sector", which includes some and excludes others creating one economic sector which is taxed without being represented and another that is represented without being taxed.
When Maine media publishes the opinion of the Maine Economic Development Foundation it is using one hand of government to endorse the other hand of government- both of those hands representing non-profit corporations unconstitutionally chartered by the Maine State legislature. If taxpayer money is going to government chartered non-profit corporations, then how can it be that the taxpayer sees a return on their investment? MTI does give grants to for profit private enterprises. This is essentially capital that MTI accumulates in part through non-profit sources and then redistributes to private interests in the legislature's "targeted sector"- but this does not constitute a return on the investment for the taxpayer- it is a free windfall for private interests in the legislature's "targeted sector" which is that sector which suits the legislature's grand design for the way Maine should be- a design that is created and implemented from the top down.
It is time for this to be a substantive debate. Government sources that support the legislature's claims are self-referential. The entire network of corporations chartered by special acts of legislation is just one big corporate state network whose records are all likely to be found in the legislature's library. This is the real source that needs to be investigated to get to the truth of the matter. If the media will not make this debate the substantive debate that it needs to be, then the people should by calling the legislature's library and requesting the records.
Special Act of legislation Chartering MTI
Special Act of Legislation Chartering The Maine Development Foundation