By: Diane Benjamin
During the discussion of business licenses alderman Joni Painter asked Economic Development guy Austin Grammer about the “One Stop Shop”. That was supposedly a program in development for more than two years to make it easy for investors to start businesses in Bloomington.
Every Wednesday a large group of bureaucrats meet, investors are invited to make an appointment to meet with them – of course submitting a plan first. Austin rattled off all the departments who attend. (How many of these people have been told they aren’t the “right fit”?)
Painter then goes on to state she knows two people who wanted to open businesses but were unable to navigate the bureaucracy. She asked if the $50 business registration fee would be used to improve on-line information and fee payments which would make meeting with anyone irrelevant. Austin first claims that is part of it, then later claims the business license fee is totally separate from the One Stop Shop.
The economy prospers when government isn’t in the way. Obviously basic economics is way above Austin Grammer, and his bosses.
Good job Joni, you proved Bloomington is on the wrong track. Nothing is going to change however because this mindset is deeply embedded.
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