By: Diane Benjamin
Does anybody else laugh at the New York state commercials? You know, the ones promising new businesses will pay no taxes for 10 years if they move or start a business in New York. Evidently Democrats (NY is run by Democrats) really do know low taxes increase economic activity and create jobs. What does New York know that the rest of the BLUE party doesn’t? Maybe it’s okay for corporations to not pay their fair share?
Bloomington could learn from New York, listening Tari? Those are your people out in New York – maybe they will loan you an economists or two.
Tonight the Bloomington City Council will hold a Committee of the Whole meeting with area legislators. You won’t be able to watch it because it is not being held in the Council chambers. Lamenting lack of money for essential services will be the hot topic. Illinois’ finances got flushed by Blago and Quinn and the last Constitutional Convention (Con-Con). Pensions are destroying budgets on State and local levels.
Finally Illinois has a Governor who is hacking everybody off, including Hales and Renner.
Expect Renner tears since Bloomington may lose $3,792,195.
See page 14 – written by David Hales: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8470
Let the government game begin: Scare the citizens. I really thought David Hales was smarter than this, or maybe Tari wrote it.
The Rauner cut of $3,792,195 means Bloomington has to lay off 24 firefighters and 27 police officers. Houses will burn and mass shootings will plague Bloomington because Rauner cut our share of the wealth! Sure.
Maybe $2.5 million shouldn’t have been spent on the Coliseum in the current budget. Maybe the BPCA shouldn’t receive $500,000. TWO line items and I’m already to $3,000,000. Of course having a real discussion on whether citizens want Police and Fire or entertainment isn’t allowed to take place in Bloomington!
Normal doesn’t allow any employees other than Police and Fire to accumulate sick days and get paid for them at retirement. Bloomington allows ALL employees to accumulate sick days. Rauner is making tough decisions, Bloomington won’t make any unless it involves raising taxes and fees. Telling employees the big pay days are over won’t happen because Renner is no Rauner.
Another budget has been approved without serious thought to reducing spending as revenues decline. Cuts submitted by aldermen to Tari and Hales were ignored and will never see daylight. Raising your garbage fees will probably come back again and again until the Council agrees. Expect a bill from the City when somebody drops a refrigerator on your curb.
Rauner is forcing Illinois to stop playing sugar daddy for causes wanting easy dollars. Bloomington should face to same fate, but raising taxes is easier. It didn’t work for Illinois and it won’t for Bloomington. The next 2 years of Tari will show that he has learned nothing from how our State has been mismanaged. Threatening public safety has always won because citizens want to believe the elected work for them. How is Illinois working for you?
Two other items tonight show the absurdity of local government. First, Renner and Hales want prevailing wage requirements exempted from projects under $20,000. State law requires paying prevailing wages for EVERY government project – including schools. This law was nothing more than a bow to unions who don’t want to be underbid by a non-union shops. Free markets don’t exist in Illinois, therefore every project cost citizens more. I’d really like to know what project is less than $20,000?
Next, the City wants to complain about IDOT spending in District 5. See this comment on page 36:
Recommendation: IDOT is one of the biggest customers for the local construction industry, and less funding means less jobs. Strongly encourage IDOT to responsibly fund vital infrastructure projects within District 5.
(recommend grammar 101)
Imagine how many jobs would be created if prevailing wage wasn’t forced. Imagine how competition for jobs would drive costs down. Imagine unions not dictating how much taxpayers are forced to pay. Imagine law makers spending responsibly instead of bowing to unions for campaign contributions. Imagine not living in Illinois, because none of the above is going to happen here.
By the way – watch year eleven in New York.