By: Diane Benjamin
Connect Transit can not cover wages with what people pay to ride the bus. Every month operations loses around $800,000 – that’s EVERY month.
That is taxpayer money being used to drive empty buses around town! Next to bike lanes without bikes, buses are an abomination to anyone who pays taxes. Government’s job is not to redistribute money with boondoggles like Connect Transit.
Even with losing tons of bucks, Connect found money to rehab a bus they plan to use to register voters and give people free rides to the polls. They even have a webpage announcing their plans: https://www.connect-transit.com/communitybus.asp
Connect Transit will roll out the #GetConnected Community Bus in early 2018 that will be a multi-purpose room on wheels! We have retrofitted a 2003 Gillig to feature a waiting room area in the back (seats 13), two booths for meeting space (seats 8), a television and DVD player and much more! Our goal is to partner with various organizations in the community to help better serve different areas throughout Bloomington-Normal. We will be holding voter registration drives, fresh food markets, reading literacy nights for children, mobile pop-up museums and much more. Interested in hearing more about the #GetConnected Community Bus, contact Jeff Holtke at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 309.829.1158! Check out the photo below of our retrofitting of the #GetConnected Community Bus!
The page says nothing about receiving donations for this extravaganza, so it looks safe to assume your tax dollars are being used for “Community Organizing”. Now that the bus has been retrofitted, they want to sell advertising. I wonder if candidates can advertise?
The obviously partisan League of Women Voters will be registering voters and teaching them about the voting process.
Since the League supports the “Welcoming Ordinance”, next up will allowing illegals to vote in local elections!
Maybe they will hold classes on how government creates prosperity!
Nonsense like this is why people are leaving Illinois in droves: https://www.illinoispolicy.org/land-of-leaving-moving-companies-rank-illinois-no-1-for-outbound-vans/
On Jan. 2, United Van Lines released its 41st annual National Movers Study and Atlas Van Lines released its 2017 Migration Patterns study. United based the study on its customers’ household moves made in 2017, and Atlas studied nearly 73,000 interstate and cross-border relocations of household goods from Jan. 1, 2017 through Dec. 15, 2017.
In both studies, Illinois was home to the highest rate of outbound moves in the nation. United’s study found that in 2017, 63 percent of Illinois moves were outbound rather than inbound, and Atlas found Illinois had an outbound rate of 62.4 percent.
This is going to be great!