Government creates jobs

By:  Diane Benjamin

According to Kyle Ham (Economic Development Council) at last night’s Bloomington Council meeting:

  • McLean County lost 2000 jobs between 2015 and 2016
  • K-12 schools are down 1100 students in the last 5 years which affects aid from the State
  • New housing starts are down 56% from 2000 to today
  • 8 out of 10 largest employers are taxpayer based

BN Advantage will save McLean County!

It sounds like $390,000 has been budgeted for BN Advantage for the last two years but never paid.  BN Advantage is a consortium of government, Chamber of Commerce, and paid Economic Development people who will promote Bloomington-Normal.  All they need is money.

Money to pay salaries!

Yep, government creates jobs, jobs for bureaucrats.

It gets worse because these same bureaucrats decide who is the RIGHT FIT.  Remember when Tari Renner used to say he didn’t want a Jiffy Lube or car wash downtown?

Economic Development is only about CONTROL and salaries for the people running it.

These are the same type people who thought the Coliseum and the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts were the right fit.  Downtown would boom with development.

Capitalism doesn’t exist when government makes the rules.  The last thing someone wants when starting a business is government red tape.  ISU dropped the Small Business Development Center several years ago, even though they got State money for it.  Did someone ask why?

Now Illinois Wesleyan wants to run it, of course they need your dollars.  More salaries and more red tape included.  $80,000 is available from the State, a match of at lease $40,000 in cash is required.  The document detailing requirements is 32 pages long.!  Sounds like a recipe for more failure for salaries.  Click Opportunity.pdf:

Paying paper pushers to control who can start a business, where that business will locate, and what the business does isn’t compatible with success.

We’ve seen the results of their work:  Rivian, Brandt handouts, TIF districts, Enterprise zones

All redistribute your money and limit opportunities for others.

McLean County is destined for failure for two reasons:

  • It’s located in Illinois where the lack of free markets is sending citizens and companies to other states
  • The same dunderhead philosophies that dominate State government also dominate Bloomington and Normal

Just because government builds it, it doesn’t mean anybody will come.

Green Top Grocery is another Tari “success story” that isn’t.  You may have heard their commercials about reducing prices.  Below is one of their recent newsletters, keep in mind it has a positive spin on purpose:


If BN Advantage and IWU get your money, expect more Rivian’s, Brandts, Green Tops, and other businesses who aren’t capable of funding themselves.

Business only prospers when government isn’t in the way.

Just hit play below to hear Kyle Ham’s comments:

8 thoughts on “Government creates jobs

  1. Tari don’t want any Quick lubes huh, well maybe ole Tari ought to get a lube and SLID right on out of town !! I take my vehicles there and they do a GREAT job, unlike our mouthy mayor.
    as for Green top. They’ll be gone in less then 3..

    1. I agree, especially on Green Top – what is hilarious, in a dark way, to me, is they touted this place as an oasis in a food desert… uh… no, it’s not. A true oasis in a low to middle income food desert would be a place that carries healthy food without all of the fancy labels and high prices. OH sort of like an Aldi’s….Green Top runs “specials” where the Bacon is only $8.99 a pound and the Carrots only $1.99 a pound. What we need is place like Soulard (St. Louis) only on a smaller scale. Now THAT would be an oasis in a Food desert. Of course if the city ran it it would be an absolute disaster in no time so it would have to be devoid of the stain of city fingers. Of course then the city would be after them constantly trying to find some sort of code violation to smack them with – It’s an endless battle, but one worthy of continuing to fight.

  2. Even though Green Top is within “bicycle distance” we shop, with intent, at Fresh Thyme (former Cub’s location) as they were NOT promoted by His Mayorless and cohorts.

    1. As do I, I have made it a point to support Fresh Thyme, I don’t buy a lot there, but I do make it a point to spend some money there at least every couple of weeks, and for the same reasons you do. I made it a point as well to never go to Green Top – even if they were the only store open in town I’d drive somewhere else.

      1. Green Top Grocery is a dead man walking. The place is a ghost town, except during member events or workshops. I drive by daily during normal commute times and on weekends. There is little, if any, action to speak of. It appeals to a super small niche market that doesn’t work in a community the size of Bloomington-Normal. In order to sell this, the GTG supports using the poor and attempted to claim the moral high ground by stating that the area is a food desert. As if those that had trouble getting to a grocery store a couple of miles away on Veterans would all of sudden decide to walk or bicycle a few blocks for some free range chicken and organic, local arugula. The elitists who pushed for this project are disgusting!

  3. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that that $80K is from “the state.” That’s coming out of your wallet, too!

  4. The EDC does not connect with and reach out to existing high-growth, unique or successful businesses, especially those that bring in money from outside of Bloomington-Normal. Big mistake! Instead, they are chasing the longshot outside company that will, of course, demand “incentives” (read: taxpayer money) in order to relocate here. Or, when they do talk to businesses based in BN, they’re reaching out to those with strictly local customers that don’t bring in outside money and will never scale, like local retailers and members of the Chamber. No offense to these companies, and nothing wrong with a multi-prong strategy. However, the EDC resource allocation is backward! Further, the EDC is convinced that this community is a perfect fit for banking and insurance companies (per their marketing brochures, slides, etc.). Tell me…who is starting a bank or insurance company? In Illinois no-less? And, the existing players, like State Farm, are actually downsizing in the face of disruptive innovation. Hamm should reprioritize and stay away from government and State Farm, and their failed strategies for economic development.

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