By: Diane Benjamin
Governor Rauner ran on a platform of making Illinois business friendly. He has failed because the Democrat super-majority in Springfield doesn’t care if companies move across the border to save millions of dollars. They don’t care if Caterpillar leaves the state along with other companies who can’t compete in this high-tax high-regulation state.
Bloomington is now just like them.
Renner has made comments at Council meetings about not wanting “Jiffy-Lube” or a “car wash” to build where he doesn’t want them.
Bloomington bought the Main street property to CONTROL what happens to it.
The Council went after apartment owners with higher fees.
The Council went after businesses (and citizens) with higher Utility Taxes.
Businesses that use vehicles got hit with higher gas prices.
The Council went after “Fun” by creating an entertainment tax.
Restaurants get hit with a 10.75% Food and Beverage Tax. Amusement venues have to fork over 14.75% with the added amusement tax. Since Renner has no business experience, he doesn’t realize that charging these taxes to customers doesn’t guarantee it’s still available to submit at the end of the month. Think the Chateau. When government creates competition (Uptown Normal), and Bloomington raises the cost of doing business (utility taxes), cash flow is impacted. It’s not surprising they are struggling to keep the doors open while Bloomington wants to subsidize even more competition.
If your business is preferred, like Greentop Grocery, the Council is more than willing to hand out taxpayer money. Making business more difficult for competitors to survive is immaterial.
Where’s Jeff Gielbelhausen? The Council gave him until the end of May to get a solid plan including financing for his downtown hotel. Was he unable to get somebody to bite on free money? Since he’s one of the preferred, I’m sure there really is no time limit. The closer to the next election the vote is, the better it will be for dumping the aldermen who think they create economic development with your money.
Tonight the Council goes after video game machine operators with higher fees. The only reason is because they can. Government NEVER has enough money, so they will steal it whenever and wherever they can. Tonight is a pretend discussion, the vote comes later. Maybe Tari will proclaim the millions put in video game machines hurt the local economy. He is oblivious to the money spent by government being more detrimental when his friends are the recipients.
Not every video game owner makes tons of money. Some will take the machines out because the profit isn’t worth the time it takes for government compliance.
Normal has run out of people and places to tax so they want Bloomington to fork over money and call it sharing Sales Tax. They can quit do economic development because Bloomington has an obsession for throwing money at cronies.
Both cities show disgust for businesses that don’t fit their agenda. They are both on the same downward spiral as Illinois.
Elections matter, maybe next year citizens will get it right.