By: Diane Benjamin
The local bird-cage liner just posted a list of projects put on hold by the Rauner administration – including monkeys at the zoo and new restrooms at the Museum of History. I wonder if Bloomington will want to pay since all their hopes and dreams depend on the Route 66 Visitors Center located in the Museum. Considering candidate Hauman thinks 80,000 people a year will make the trip downtown, I wouldn’t be surprised. The City of Bloomington is still waiting for their Brady grants money too.
Make sure you read the comments, a few are clueless. One comment says municipalities need to spend money because it’s cheaper now with so many people out of work. (I thought the recession was over!) There is a law in Illinois that union labor must be used for all government projects, Illinois even has a website listing the prevailing wage which must be followed. Facts matter little buddy.
The days of political payoffs and funding wants instead of needs appear to be over. Maybe cutting all this non-essential spending will provide money for roads. It was previously spent to buy votes.
It is really sad that Illinois may be starting on the path to fiscal responsibility while Renner and Koos plunging both cities into bankruptcy and out of control taxes! April 7th doesn’t matter in Normal because only Koos appointees are running. Bloomington can be saved – only if voters bother to show up.
Where did local governments ever get the idea they could plan for how the State spends money? Politicians believe they have such great ideas (with no money), but the State should pay because they want them to?
Rauner wiped out $1.8 Million in non-essential spending, hopefully for good. Maybe the people who want these projects should pay themselves. The public money tree died years ago.
I’m waiting for the Pantagraph editorial saying Rauner is destroying the state. Stay tuned.