By: Diane Benjamin
See this article posted on the WGLT website: New-Poverty-Report-Puts-Mclean-County-Watch-List
The article doesn’t cover everything in the report by Heartland Alliance. See the complete report HERE
Did you ever think McLean County would make a Well-Being Watch List?
The reason is obvious – except to local government:
Sales Tax was increased 1% in 2015. Normal has raised property taxes every year.
From 2012-2017 Normal took an additional $35,667,075 out of the private sector through budget increases. https://blnnews.com/2018/05/16/the-cost-of-full-service-in-normal/
For the same time period Bloomington took an additional $42,286,157 through budget increases. https://blnnews.com/2016/10/24/bloomingtons-taxing-spending-history/
Bloomington and Normal have constantly raised taxes in other areas: water, sewer, storm water, utilities, garbage, GAS TAXES, etc.
Both Bloomington and Normal budgets grew much faster than the inflation rate. The downward spiral started long before the State Farm downsizing. When government takes an ever-increasing amount from taxpayers without comparable income increases, the poor are hit especially hard. Rents increase because landlord are paying more. Rent in Normal will continue to increase thanks to new mandatory recycling.
Growing government results in poorer citizens. How many of the points below were caused by government?
From the WGLT article:
To lessen the poverty rate, Buitrago recommends creating an atmosphere to attract good-paying, stable jobs and removing barriers to employment by expanding local transportation and job-training opportunities.
But overall, Buitrago said to “push the state and federal government to create and maintain strong anti-poverty programs.”
Anti-poverty programs have been in place since the 1960’s. If redistribution of wealth worked, poverty would have been eliminated by now.
Both Bloomington and Normal need to end the “Right Fit” philosophy. The federal 4%+ overall GDP growth isn’t happening here. Since the local leadership is anti-capitalism, expect the numbers below to get even worse. Some local candidates are running on what they can do for you. If cutting government isn’t prominent, your well-being will continue to decline. The local economy can be turned around. It will take electing people who know government doesn’t create prosperity.
Any government funding of a sports complex should be dead. It isn’t.