By: Diane Benjamin
Filed on the City of Bloomington website – under Staff Responses – was this letter from the McLean County Chamber of Commerce: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9176 Yes – they supported it.
I didn’t realize the Chamber was part of the staff.
From the Chamber of Commerce website: http://mcleancochamber.org/advocacy
The McLean County Chamber of Commerce is a voice of pro-business legislation at all levels of government. Leading the charge is our Government Affairs Committee, a group responsible for monitoring issues and providing opportunities for chamber members to be informed and engage with elected officials in an effort to improve the business climate. The group’s area of focus are: taxes & fees, transportation & infrastructure, labor & employment, intergovernmental cooperation, agriculture, healthcare, and education.
How is taking more money from the people spending money at local businesses “pro-business”. Citizens have less money to spend, even if it’s only $100 bucks a year (likely much more). Multiply that by the number of people spending money. More businesses will close as less money circulates in the free market. Bloomington will choose where to spend money – it won’t be where you would choose.
Yet, the Chamber claims they are pro-business.
If you are a member, WHY?
Read the first paragraph of the Chambers letter. Why are we still recovering? S-T-I-L-L ?
Obviously the Chamber has no grasp of economics or history. So again, if you are paying them money – WHY?