Article IV, Part Third, Section 14 of the maine State Constitution

Article IV, Part Third, Section 14 of the Maine State Constitution says:

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 of the general laws of the state ( emphasis mine)

Quote from the legislative Charter for Brunswick Landing Maine's Center for Innovation : The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority is established as a body corporate and politic and a public instrumentality of the State to carry out the purposes of this article. The authority is entrusted with acquiring and managing the properties within the geographic boundaries of Brunswick Naval Air Station. [2009, c. 641,
§1 (AMD).]
1. Powers. The authority is a public municipal corporation and may:D. Exercise the power of eminent domain; [2005, c. 599, §1 (NEW).]


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Preserving The American Political Philosophy: 2013 Maine Municipalities Warned to Tighten their Belts as Seed Capital Tax Credit Expands Eightfold

This Post is largely taken from a time line I created of Maine state statutory history. It shows how in 2013 Governor Lepage of Maine started warning municipalities that they would have to tighten their belts because he was choosing to get rid of municipal revenue sharing to cover a $200 million budget gap. The same year the legislature passed an eight-fold increase in the Seed Capital Tax Credit which refunds up to 60% of private investments. In addition the legislature passed a bill to advance corporations tax credit for workers not yet hired and another bill to "temporarily" increase the sales tax. Now it is 2015 and Lepage's budget proposes eliminating municipal revenue sharing and increasing the sales tax, because he tells us, he is going to eliminate the income tax.