By: Diane Benjamin
Congressional earmarks were brought back this year by the REPUBLICAN HOUSE.
WGLT did a story detailing how Rep Eric Sorensen is bringing home the deficit spending: https://www.wglt.org/local-news/2023-07-19/b-n-project-grants-advance-in-u-s-house
Of course WGLT didn’t mention DC’s money printing is destroying the value of the dollar. Seen inflation? The rate of increase is slowing but it is still higher than pre-Biden. Of course interest rates are affecting construction, housing sales, and the interest the Feds pay on the national debt. Celebrate – earmarks add to the interest you get to pay so Congress can bring home the bacon.
Normal is getting $850,000 to fix the stormwater infrastructure in Uptown they didn’t do right when they invested around $100,000,000 in Uptown not that long ago. The corner by Watterson and the bus station is obviously low – I’ve seen it flood. Engineering didn’t realize water would collect there? Undersized pipes Normal?
Normal is also getting $850,000 to put Vernon Ave on a road diet. Obviously those “community discussions” were for show – Normal already knew they wanted to reduce lanes to slow traffic. Sorensen didn’t get a the earmark overnight in response to public demand.
Bloomington is getting $960,000 to continue mitigating the flooding caused by not separating waste and storm water pipes earlier. They had a Coliseum to build and the BCPA to refurbish instead.
Limited government would have meant local government only spends on essential services. Progressives would rather have fun with your money and build legacies to themselves. It isn’t that both Bloomington and Normal can’t fund these projects themselves. They don’t want to.
Enjoy paying the bills!
FYI Normal: The Library has plans ready to go for a new Library in Uptown 2.0. https://www.normalpl.org/planning