By: Diane Benjamin
Government help frequently makes the problem worse.
There is no clearer case than Connect Transit!
Keep in mind the Federal Government is funding this lunacy at your expense across the country.
The below was an addendum to last month’s agenda: PDF page 3 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4zAZemF_qQubmxRRUsxaHZicFU/view
65% funding is the same as 2017. Both Bloomington and Normal increased the amount of money they gave to Connect last year – more of your money.
Bloomington gave them $1,188,050.00 in the 2017 budget. In 2016 they only got $573,550. https://blnnews.com/2017/11/03/irony-of-the-day/
Normal budgeted $862,460 up from $424,036 two years ago. PDF page 78 http://www.normal.org/DocumentCenter/View/11571
One more note:
Many people are employed by the Federal Government to simply figure out how much money each State gets. Many more people are employed by the State of Illinois to distribute the Federal money. Then Connect Transit has employees for which the people who ride the bus don’t come close to covering the payroll.
Ever think the only fix for stupid government is collapse?
I don’t see anybody rushing to make public transportation sustainable. It isn’t and it can’t last forever. Government always runs out of other people’s money. Bloomington and Normal already have.