At the March 6 work session of the Legislature’s taxation committee, Bath Iron Works bussed in employees to make sure that the room did not erupt in outrage when the 9-2 “ought to pass” vote went down. It was a work session on L.D. 1781 with no input allowed from the public, but lots of input allowed from corporate welfare recipient BIW. That tells you all you need to know about what has become of the notion of government that represents the people.

There are 43,000 children growing up in poverty in Maine, according to U.S. Census data, and General Dynamics’ CEO was paid $21 million last year. BIW won’t open its books and reveal how much its executives are paid, or what it did with the tax giveaways it has already received.

You would think Maine legislators would be ashamed to let children freeze and starve while they vote for corporate profits. But then that’s where most of their campaign contributions originate, and they know which side their bread is buttered on.

Lisa Savage


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