By: Diane Benjamin
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Bloomington sealed its own fate last April. When the people elected believe they can create economic growth by stealing your money, the future is bleak. Essential services aren’t funded because things like fixing roads aren’t sexy. Building a legacy is. Tari Renner lost his self-defined economic development role because of the numerous expensive unrealistic projects he promoted: https://blnnews.com/2017/11/08/49548/
So let’s give the job to his employer: Illinois Wesleyan University!
The Small Business Development Center discussed earlier this month is up for funding tonight. No matter how this discussion is framed, it amounts to only one thing: jobs at your expense. This is more bureaucrats attempting to control local business. The description says all you need to know:
How many businesses will they discourage from starting because they aren’t the “right fit”? Is the City going to send everybody looking for a permit to this IWU office for permission?
The City of Bloomington is merely buying votes with jobs. Whoever works in this Center will know funding could be cut if elections in the future produce a Council that knows government programs destroy economies. Possibly losing your job is a powerful motivator for campaigning to keep the status quo.
Alderman Scott Black mentioned at the last Council meeting that economic development can no longer be left to chance. In other words, capitalism doesn’t work. Of course, he is a product of the Renner version of economic development. See this website if you think IWU isn’t heavily influencing local elections: https://blogs.iwu.edu/argus/2013/04/15/professor-tari-renner-wins-mayoral-election/
Since the Council doesn’t understand what makes an economy prosper, tonight they will most likely vote to further Bloomington’s decline. Alderman Schmidt will recuse herself since she works for Wesleyan. Her ward won’t get a vote. Wouldn’t it be funny if the remaining 8 aldermen were split 4-4 and Renner had to break the tie? Although it would be fun seeing him squirm to say why he can vote for his employer, I doubt it will happen. I predict an 8-0 vote for the “right fit” philosophy.