An Act To Partially Fund Tax Breaks for the Wealthy by Eliminating Certain Gubernatorial Benefits
Sec. 1. 2 MRSA §1-A, as amended by PL 2011, c. 606, §1, is repealed.
Sec. 2. 5 MRSA §285, sub-§1, ¶A, as corrected by RR 2011, c. 1, §4, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 5 MRSA §17652, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 449, §3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. Sale of Blaine House. The state property described in subsection 2, known as "the Blaine House" and referred to in this section as "the property," must be sold pursuant to the provisions of this section.
1. Authority to convey state property. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the State, by and through the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, shall:
2. Property interests that may be conveyed. The property authorized to be sold is a parcel or parcels of land and buildings, or any portion of the parcel or parcels of land and buildings, in the City of Augusta, known as "the Blaine House," located at 192 State Street, and any associated land and parking areas as may be necessary in the determination of the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services, including, but not limited to, all or a portion of the property described in a deed recorded in the Kennebec County Registry of Deeds Book 572, Page 188.
3. Property to be sold "as is." The Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services may advertise the property for sale and negotiate and execute purchase and sale agreements upon terms the commissioner considers appropriate; however, the property must be sold "as is," with no representations or warranties. Title must be transferred by quitclaim deed without covenant or release deed and executed by the commissioner.
4. Exemptions. Any conveyance pursuant to this Act is exempt from the provisions in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, section 1783 and any statutory or regulatory requirement that the property first be offered to the Maine State Housing Authority or another state or local agency or offered through competitive bidding.
5. Appraisal. The Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services shall have the current market value of the property determined by an independent appraiser at the expense of the buyer and may use the appraised value in negotiating a purchase and sale agreement under subsection 3.
6. Proceeds. The proceeds from the sale of the property must be transferred to the Treasurer of State for deposit into the General Fund.
This bill repeals the provision that provides the Governor a retirement allowance, excepts the Governor from eligibility for the State Employee and Teacher Retirement Program and any state employee group health plan and authorizes the Commissioner of Administrative and Financial Services to sell the Blaine House, with the proceeds to be deposited into the General Fund.