By: Diane Benjamin
Illinois ranks very close to the top of the worst run states in country. Illinois should be a wonderful place to live – natural resources, centrally located, world-class universities, Fortune 500 companies with headquarters here, just to name a few. Instead, we don’t even have a budget. Illinois’s government exists for government employees and friends of government, not the people paying for it.
The Bloomington City Council meeting last night exemplified why Bloomington is on the same road. Disastrous results will follow. The days of Bloomington-Normal being shielded from the nonsense policies plaguing the rest of the state are over.
For FY 2016, the BCPA has a budgeted subsidy of $497,873
The BCPA budget was not on the agenda last night, but many of the speakers during public comment proclaimed its greatness and how tragic it would be if funding was cut.
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One guy even brought his young daughter to speak. The choreographed display was a preemptive strike for the status quo. Since the budget wasn’t on the agenda, expect these attacks for your money to continue.
The money grab show continued with Greg Koos and his need for an additional $50,000 a year for 5 years – your money. Tari had to set the stage for him first. Hit play:
Koos got more and more absurd as his time continued – all the way to taking historical artifacts into senior living facilities around the community. He has huge plans and no money, so go where the money is – taxpayers.
Yes, the old courthouse is a beautiful building and a huge asset to downtown. Koos knows the Council rarely rejects funding anything. Say the right words, imply Quality of Life, all wrapped around downtown – magic funding appears.
Only Alderman Lower considered the fate of people on fixed incomes or living paycheck-to-paycheck with his NO vote.
January 1st you will be paying more for a lot of things you buy. Both Bloomington and Normal increased the Sales Tax with very few reasons for why. Connect Transit didn’t get the Tiger Grant for a new downtown hub, no word from the County about not needing that whole 1/4% increase anymore.
Your local governments have no boundaries for spending. If you are a friend of those in power, you get funded. Illinois funds anything that buys them votes, Bloomington funds their friends.
An estimated 95,000 people moved out of Illinois last year. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/03/12/why-are-people-fleeing-illinois-three-personal-stories/
Actions by Renner, Hales, and the majority of the City Council prove why.