By: Diane Benjamin
Obviously there are a lot of empty big retail spaces. Tax receipts in both Bloomington and Normal are down. I’ve talked to apartment owners who can’t find renters.
This morning I got a call from the personal assistant of an owner of a commercial building. She wanted to know if I was looking for space to rent. Since I only vaguely know the building’s owner and my business isn’t listed anywhere locally, I have no idea why I would be contacted. My first thought is desperation to rent the space. (I’m not listed locally because I don’t do business with the general public, most of my customers are not local)
New York state is run by Democrats. Why are Democrats running ads to lure businesses to their state promising no taxes for 10 years? Do they secretly understand that businesses flock to low tax states and flee the high tax ones? Do they secretly know that allowing capitalism to be practiced without government interference works?
The Democratic mayors of both Bloomington and Normal haven’t gotten the message. Both think they have a right to dictate what economic development takes place AND they believe they can create it. Both have raised taxes and both are going to raise taxes again. Both are also up for reelection early in 2017.
There is now a battle for the survival of both cities. If the big spending boats aren’t turned around both cities will sink. Being in Illinois is bad, this area has only survived because of State Farm. More SF employees ( a lot of them!) are being offered the opportunity to relocate to one of the new hubs. Why stay? If Renner and Koos don’t know what is really going on inside of State Farm they are ignoring the obvious.
Now is the time for good people to step up to run in 2017. Elections aren’t won in the 2 months prior to voting. Relationships have to be formed, citizens have to be courted. Bloomington will again have 5 Council seats up for election, including Alderman Kevin Lower. He will be attacked mercilessly for voicing opinions opposed to the liberals. Without Kevin, Bloomington is just like Normal. Tax, spend, tax, spend, total meeting time 10-15 minutes.
Instead of voting with your feet, how about staying and fighting back? Both cities need good conservative leadership. Is that you? Email me! ([email protected])
If you need commercial space – I’ve got the info for you. With Renner and Koos in charge, for the next two years it should be cheap.