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From its inception, America has welcomed the best and brightest to its shores, and we have the worlds largest economy to show for it. Similarly, foreign direct investment has been an essential driver of our economic growth. Unfortunately, America is losing its competitive advantage in attracting global investment and the well-paying jobs it provides.

Maine, which ranks ninth in the nation in the number of workers per capita employed by foreign companies, is in a global race for jobs. At a time when most lawmakers are doing all they can to encourage job creation, however, the Maine Legislature has passed a tax haven bill that will ultimately discourage foreign investment in the Pine Tree State.

Insourcing companies, foreign companies that operate in the United States, are bringing investment and jobs to our country from abroad. In Maine alone, insourcing companies employ 30,500 people more than 6 percent of the states private-sector workforce.

To ensure insourcing companies have the best opportunity to grow business and workforce in the United States, policymakers must recognize how the global economy works. The tax haven legislation may seem like it is going after abusive tax practices, but in reality, it misses the mark completely in understanding the 21st-century complexities of how global businesses operate. This could spell bad news for Maines efforts to retain and attract insourcing companies, which would have a negative impact on the states economy overall.

In fact, the Organization for International Investment recently released an economic report providing a first-ever analysis of the role insourcing companies have played in the U.S. economy over the past decade. The findings were striking. Insourcing companies, as a group, outperformed the economy-wide average in nearly every relevant economic indicator, including increasing their contribution to U.S. gross domestic product by 25.2 percent, nearly double the private sectors 14.3 percent increase. The report also showed that these companies charitable giving has grown by 44 percent over the past decade, compared to an economy-wide contraction of nearly 5 percent.

Insourcing companies raise their industries economic performance, invest heavily in research and development, buy materials locally, establish innovative workforce training programs, and increase compensation and benefits for Americans by paying them a 22 percent premium above the U.S. private-sector average. In short, when insourcing companies invest in America, families prosper and communities thrive.

At the state level, Maine ranks 45th in the nation in corporate tax rate competitiveness, according to the Tax Foundation. Instead of working to modernize the tax code, lawmakers in Augusta recently passed legislation that would blacklist certain countries by deeming them tax havens and arbitrarily penalize employers in the state who have operations in these jurisdictions. The flawed premise behind tax haven legislation is that if a global company has operations in any number of jurisdictions, it must be doing so to avoid paying taxes. This legislation completely overlooks legitimate business decisions such as reaching new customers or streamlining supply chains.

The bills premise is a false assumption that misrepresents the value global companies provide, and it conflicts with the longstanding agreements that America has negotiated with other countries to ensure global companies pay the taxes owed in an equitable manner.

Take Luxembourg as an example: America has had a tax treaty in force with Luxembourg for more than a decade. Even though Maines population is 2.5 times larger than this European country, Luxembourg has invested more than $202 billion in the United States. In fact, last year alone, its investment in the United States outpaced those from Germany, France, China, and Mexico, to name a few.

Simply put, states that do not respect the obligations of our nations tax treaties and protocols risk losing the investments that directly support 5.6 million jobs in America. States that align with these international norms position themselves to capture global investment and jobs in the future. Gov. Paul LePage should veto the tax haven legislation that will only make Maine less competitive in the global race for job creation.

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We’re all aware of the controversy surrounding Global Warming. Some believe in it.. others don’t.

Regardless, many communities are taking action now to combat the very real possibility that their beaches may eventually disappear.

Weather records show that since 1970, average temperatures have risen anywhere from 1 to 3 degrees.

The result, melting sea ice in the Arctic, expanding ocean water and smaller beaches.

This has impacted over 1 million people. The most dire predictions show a sea level rise of over 6 feet by 2100.

One town in particular, Palm Beach, has renourished their beaches several times.

Palm Beach has always had issues with sand disappearing, mainly from storms, the Palm Beach Inlet and construction of jetties. Global Warming Sea level rise only adds to the problem. The town is ready to change the way they currently beef up their beaches.

It may come to a point in the future where the design of the beach needs to be greater than what it is today. They would build it up in a higher elevation and build it out further as well which requires more sand.

Repeatedly dumping sand. Sure it’s expensive but necessary. There is no long term permanent solution right now.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) –Aastrom Biosciences (ASTM) soared Monday after the company announced its acquisition ofSanofi’sCell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine, or CTRM, business for $6.5 million.

Aastrom will pay $4 million in cash and $2.5 million in a promissory note for the business. The company expects the acquisition to close in approximately three weeks.

The acquisition gives Aastromglobal commercial rights to three marketed autologous cell therapy products called Carticel, Epicel and MACI.Revenues of those three products totaled $44 million in 2013. Aastrom will also acquiremanufacturing and production centers in the U.S. and Denmark.

The stock was up 32.1% to $46.5 at 11:15 a.m., by which point it had eclipsed its average volume of380,200 with more than 1.6 million shares traded for the day. Aastrom hit a high of $4.95 for the day as of that time.

“The acquisition of Sanofi’s CTRM business is a transformative transaction that positions Aastrom as a fully-integrated global regenerative medicine company,” said Aastrom President and CEO Nick Colangelo in a statement. “The CTRM business brings us global manufacturing, marketing and sales capabilities that are structured to support the current portfolio of marketed products as well as our future product development plans. This transaction also provides us with a platform to generate operating income to support the development of our high-potential pipeline products and continued growth through additional strategic transactions.”

“Sanofi’s CTRM business, a pioneering organization with more than 20 years of experience in cell therapy and regenerative medicine, developed and marketed some of the first regenerative medicine products in the world,” he continued. “We look forward to working with the talented CTRM team to build Aastrom into the leading cell therapy company in the regenerative medicine field.”

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John Paul Stevens, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, has come up with a plan to change the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which he says would better reflect what the Founders intended. The Second Amendment has become highly controversial lately, as it spells out the right of Americans to bear arms.

Stevens, 94, is promoting his new book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, in which he outlines his proposed changes to the Constitution. However, his suggestions for the Second Amendment are getting the most attention. He suggests that the amendment be changed to read the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.

In an interview with ABC News, Stevens said that the Founders did not intend on allowing individual citizens to bear arms, but rather state militias. That would be in contradiction of the 2008 Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.

Still, Stevens understands that a complete ban of individuals owning arms is remote because of the powerful gun lobby, which is able to take care of itself in the democratic debates which would continue with my amendment. His idea would merely prevent arguments being made that Congress doesnt have the power to do what they think is in the best public interest.

According to CBS Washington, Stevens also suggested that gerrymandering – the process of redrawing district lines for political purposes – should be unconstitutional. It doesnt take a genius to say theres something fishy about these districts, he said.

Another comment from Stevens that is getting attention is that politics could be considered when a judge retires, although he said that his own retirement was not politically motivated. My decision was not made for any political reason whatsoever. It was my concern about my own health, Stevens said.

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The Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether an anti-abortion group can challenge an Ohio law that could have restricted it from publicly accusing a political candidate of voting for taxpayer-funded abortions in Obamacare.

The justices arent likely to decide whether the law chills free speechalthough Susan B. Anthony List and even the Ohio attorney general say that it does. Theyre instead being asked to decide whether SBA List has standing to challenge the law since the group was never prosecuted under it.

Still, the case has stirred up heated questions about whether the Ohio law and others like it violate First Amendment rights. Its also reignited the issue of whether the Affordable Care Act contains taxpayer funding for abortion.

(PHOTOS: 2014 March for Life)

The controversy first arose in 2010, when Democrat Steve Driehaus was running for reelection to Congress. In an effort to unseat him, SBA List prepared billboard ads saying Shame on Steve Driehaus! Driehaus voted for taxpayer-funded abortion.

The message was in reference to the ACA, which abortion opponents say lacks adequate safeguards to ensure that insurance companies keep taxpayer dollars separate from other funding used to cover abortions.

Although the billboards didnt go up, Driehaus filed a complaint with the Ohio Election Commission, and a three-member panel found probable cause that their planned message could be false. The state statute makes it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about a political candidate.

Driehaus lost his re-election bid, and the complaint was dismissed. But SBA List filed a lawsuit against the commission and the Ohio secretary of state to overturn the law. The group has lost in both federal district court and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, with each concluding that it has no standing to sue because the billboards never actually appeared and the group was never prosecuted under the law.

(CARTOONS: Matt Wuerker on Obamacare)

SBA List contends that requiring groups and individuals to defend the truth of a political comment before the state election commission has an unconstitutionally chilling effect on the right to free speech.

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