Off to Hawaii!

By:  Diane Benjamin Bills and Payroll for Monday:  http://www.cityblm.org/home/showdocument?id=21630 See the agenda for the US Conference of Mayors here:  https://www.usmayors.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/USCM-Honolulu-Agenda-041519-WEB.pdf Note the “Best practices” sessions.  They want everybody to think what works in Los Angeles will work in Bloomington.  Only fools think “best practices” can be determined by people not familiar with local conditions.  Tari […]

Illinois is #1

By:  Diane Benjamin WalletHub published a study of State taxation in March.  WallettHub is Tari Renner’s favorite study to quote since in the past they have rated Bloomington as a great place to live.  Those days should be over. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-states-to-be-a-taxpayer/2416/#complete-rankings Including the District of Columbia, Illinois ranks #1 with highest tax burden! “Taxpayers in the […]

Per Tari: Budgets are a figment of your imagination

By:  Diane Benjamin Tari did an interview with WGLT two days ago:  listen to the 2nd link starting around 10:30   https://www.wglt.org/post/aldermen-pass-budget-struggle-new-spending-designation-0?fbclid=IwAR2Jx7sTc9iwMkVidRvhpYMO1qW6fVsAusw2AvgTqosU6rvBSisBhLRyK84#stream/0 None of the below got covered in the WGLT story. If the current Council thought they were setting a path for spending next year, according to Tari, they are wrong.  He claimed budgets are […]

March losses at the BCPA

By:  Diane Benjamin Did the BCPA have only held 3 events during March?   Only 3 reports are listed on the City website.  All three lost money and had dismal attendance:  http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-1702 Other events took place according to the event calendar:  http://www.artsblooming.org/events/calendar?cury=2019&curm=3&curd=31&curview=month Zero transparency for those. The losses above do not include salaries and other operating […]