Who’s on First?

By:  Diane Benjamin Nothing is more frustrating than government employees who can’t get their story straight. Here’s another example: See PDF page 4 of the February City Manger’s report:  http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=21477 According to the guy in charge, the BCPA held 6 events in February. How many do we have event reports for? http://www.cityblm.org/government/advanced-components/documents/-folder-1702 TWO! Where are […]

125 Premium Red Roses!

By:  Diane Benjamin Sam’s Club payments show up frequently on Bloomington’s Bills and Payroll.  I filed a FOIA request for receipts on this one: This was the first response:  Sam’s Club invoice for FOIA 19-04-0403_Redacted The invoices show purchases of lots of food.  By looking up the person who placed the order, I can see […]

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 […]

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 […]