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? https://blnnews.com/2016/08/04/food-fight-downtown-bloomington/
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: https://www.illinois.gov/sites/GATA/Grants/SitePages/CSFA.aspx?page=Opportunity.aspx?nofo%3d372
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: