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Maine State Constitution 1820
Maine State Constituion 2003 Arrangement

For Comparison's Sake:

Constitution of The People's Republic of China

State Administration of Industry and Commerce for the People's Republic Of China

The State Economic and Trade Commission of the People's Republic of China


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      Political Contributions
      A nationwide database of political contributions by state and city
       List of Maine municipalities:

Maine State Constitution Article IV Part Third ; Legislative Power:

Section 13. Special legislation. The Legislature shall, from time to time, provide, as far as practicable, by general laws, for all matters usually appertaining to special or private legislation.
Section 14. Corporations, formed under general laws. Corporations shall be formed under general laws, and shall not be created by special Acts of the Legislature, except for municipal purposes, and in cases where the objects of the corporation cannot otherwise be attained; and, however formed, they shall forever be subject to the general laws of the State.


Article VIII.

Part Second.

Municipal Home Rule. (1969)

Section 1.  Power of municipalities to amend their charters.  The inhabitants of any municipality shall have the power to alter and amend their charters on all matters, not prohibited by Constitution or general law, which are local and municipal in character.  The Legislature shall prescribe the procedure by which the municipality may so act.
Section 2.  Construction of buildings for industrial use.  For the purposes of fostering, encouraging and assisting the physical location, settlement and resettlement of industrial and manufacturing enterprises within the physical boundaries of any municipality, the registered voters of that municipality may, by majority vote, authorize the issuance of notes or bonds in the name of the municipality for the purpose of purchasing land and interests therein or constructing buildings for industrial use, to be leased or sold by the municipality to any responsible industrial firm or corporation.
Title 30-A Chapter 111 HOME RULE - municipalities and counties

General Law governing corpoations 

Maine Freedom Of Access Statute

Municipal Sharing Statute

Article IX.

General Provisions.

Section 21.  State mandates.  For the purpose of more fairly apportioning the cost of government and providing local property tax relief, the State may not require a local unit of government to expand or modify that unit's activities so as to necessitate additional expenditures from local revenues unless the State provides annually 90% of the funding for these expenditures from State funds not previously appropriated to that local unit of government.  Legislation implementing this section or requiring a specific expenditure as an exception to this requirement may be enacted upon the vote of 2/3 of all members elected to each House.  This section must be liberally construed.

Economic Development Programs in Maine
EDPs Still Lack Elements Critical for Performance
Evaluation and Public Accountability

Maine Development Foundation

(NOTE_ In plain English_ An Act to Establish an unelected board of directors to manage the Maine Economy from the Top Down - Introduced and justified with the following introductory words in the 1977 charter:

The State of Maine has long had serious conditions of unemployment, underemployment, low per capital income and resource underutilization which cause substantial hardships to many individuals and families,impede the economic and physical development of various regions of the State, and adversely affect the general welfare and prosperity of the State. [1977, c. 548, §1 (NEW).]
There is a need to establish a new basis for a creative partnership of the private and public sectors for economic development, a partnership which can capitalize on the interests, resources and efforts of each sector, but which does not compromise the public interest or the profit motive. The state's solitary burden to provide for development should lessen through involving the private sector in a leadership role. [1977, (emphasis mine)
c. 548, §1 (NEW).]
1977, c. 548, §1 (NEW).

§916. Establishment

The Maine Development Foundation is hereby established to foster, support and assist economic growth and revitalization in Maine. The foundation shall carry out its purposes in complement to and in coordination with the economic development activities of the private sector, community and regional agencies and State Government. [1977, c. 548, §1 (NEW).]
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).]

Note: One often finds the statement that the corporation chartered by special act of legislation
"shall be deemed and held to be an essential governmental function", as if in the legislature's rational - all that is needed to satisfy Article IV, Part Third Section 14 of teh Maine State Constituion  are these few words. However the intent of the always a consideration in the interpretation of the. The the intent of Article IV, part Third Section 14 of teh Maine State Constitution were intended to by so easily bypassed by the liberal use of such "deeming", then there would seem to be little rational for going through the public process which voted in Article IV part Third Section 14 to be included in the Maine State Constitution

  •  Maine Development Foundation Charter 1977
  • Maine Development Foundation,Maine Economic Growth Council 1987
    Maine Development Foundation Board of Directrors

    The 2013 Annual Report for the Maine Development Foundation :

    MDF is a private non-partisan membership
    organization that drives sustainable, long-term
    economic growth for Maine. MDF stimulates
    new ideas, develops leaders, and provides
    common ground for solving problems and
    advancing issues. We accomplish this by:
    with trustedeconomic research
    Created by statute in 1978, MDF is a unique
    and highly trusted nonprofit charged with
    fostering economic development by partnering
    statewide across all sectors in a strictly nonpartisan


  • Maine Department of Economic and Community Development 1987
  • §13052. Purpose(DECD)

    The Legislature finds that the decentralization of economic growth and development programs among several state agencies without any coordination of programs and agencies and without coordination with the State's municipal and regional economic efforts is not in the best interest of the State. The Legislature further finds that the State's economic development programs and policies and the economies of municipalities and regions mutually affect each other. [1987, c. 534, Pt. A, §§17, 19 (NEW).]

    §13056-A. Comprehensive evaluation of state investments in economic development

    By February 1, 2013, the commissioner shall develop and submit to the Governor and the Legislature a plan for the comprehensive evaluation of state investments in economic development. Beginning February 1, 2014, the commissioner shall submit a biennial comprehensive evaluation of state investments in economic development, not to include programs evaluated pursuant to section 13107 or those independent evaluations required by federal programs, to the Governor and the Legislature. The evaluation must: [2011, c. 563, §2 (AMD).] (state controlling the capitalization of industry- ( means of production) -definition of Marxism

    1-A. Programs identified for evaluation.   Include, but is not limited to, the review of the following programs: the Maine Employment Tax Increment Financing Program, pursuant to Title 36, chapter 917; the Governor's Training Initiative Program, pursuant to Title 26, section 2031; the Loring Development Authority of Maine, pursuant to Title 5, section 13080; the visual media production certification program, pursuant to Title 5, section 13090-L; the promotion and marketing of state products through the department, pursuant to Title 5, section 13062; the Maine International Trade Center, pursuant to Title 10, section 945; municipal tax increment financing, pursuant to Title 30-A, section 5227; and the pine tree development zone program, pursuant to Title 30-A, section 5250-J;
    [ 2011, c. 563, §2 (NEW) .]

    3. Recommendations.  Include recommendations to the Legislature on existing and proposed state-supported economic development programs and activities to affect economic development in this State.
    [ 2007, c. 434, §1 (NEW) .] ( tax payer subsidized special interests )

    Defining a "Targeted Sector and "quality jobs" must include those to be excluded from representation- which is the RETAIL SECTOT- valuable to the overlords only to the degree of how many ways they can think of to tax that sector:

    2. Definitions.  As used in this section the following terms have the following meanings.
    A. "Certified retained business" means any for-profit business in this State other than a public utility as defined by Title 35-A, section 102 that retains 100 or more qualified employees in this State and that meets all of the following criteria to the satisfaction of the commissioner:
    (1) The business is not engaged in retail operations; or, if it is engaged in retail operations, less than 50% of its total annual revenues from state-based operations are derived from sales taxable in this State or the business can demonstrate to the commissioner by a preponderance of the evidence that any increased sales will not include sales tax revenues derived from a transferring or shifting of retail sales from other businesses in this State; and
    (2) The commissioner determines that the business is a successor to a business that would have ceased operations in this State but for the acquisition of that business after September 1, 1996 by the applicant by any means and the applicant demonstrates to the commissioner its intention to continue to operate and employ qualified employees in the State.
    For purposes of this paragraph, "retail operations" means sales of consumer goods for household use to consumers who personally visit the business location to purchase the goods. [1997, c. 393, Pt. A, §13 (RPR).]

    §13070-K. Economic development incentive contract

    If the commissioner enters into a contractual relationship with a business regarding the provision of an economic development incentive in return for the business's agreement to locate, expand or retain its facilities in the State, that contract must contain a statement of the State's expected public benefit from its investment of public funds. [2001, c. 481, §3 (AMD).]
    1997, c. 761, §2 (NEW). 2001, c. 481, §3 (AMD).

    Maine International Trade Center 1995


  • Property Laws of The People's Republic Of China 2007


      Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority

       §13083-M. Other municipal powers (of this body corporate and instrumentality of the state)

§13083-I. Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority; powers; membership; obligations - identifying MRRA as a "municipal corporation"

coming after §13083-G.( MRRA) which came into being in 2010, §13083-M is dated as new in 2005, leaving one to guess that it refers to the powers of the phantom §13083


         Base Realignment And Closure (BRAC)


The Brunswick Development Corp Bylaws
BDC Articles of Incorporation

M.R.S.A. §13081(6). ( How the legislature bypassed teh Maine State Constitution to re-invent teh meaning of "corporation"

Maine Innovation Index

This report is a compilation of 24 indicators measuring Maine's economic capacity and progress toward competing in an innovation-driven economy. How does Maine rank with efforts in Research and Development capacity; Innovation Capacity; Employment and Output Capacity; Education Capacity; and Connectivity Capacity?
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