David Hales is sucking your tax $$$$

By:  Diane Benjamin Below are 2 charts from the budget documents on the City of Bloomington website.  Both recap spending just for Administration. The first chart can be found it:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2016  Page 143 The second chart can be found at:  http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8224  Page 118 Total Admin spending: 2011   $590,415.95  Actual 2012   $668,452.00 Projected 2013 […]

Bloomington: Unsustainable

By:  Diane Benjamin Both David Hales and Tari Renner have proclaimed their “Bare Bones” budget is unsustainable.  This is code for we can’t raise taxes in an election year.  Karen Schmidt and Joni Painter voted for all the tax increases last year, you are supposed to forget.  Asking them to vote for more now is […]

It’s about the budget, not YOUR son Tari

By:  Diane Benjamin The vile comments made by Tari Renner were posted to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2015/02/10/does-tari-know-that-judy-isnt-running/ IWU students have commented at the last two Council meetings.  The two took turns attacking Alderwoman Stearns.  The obvious question is why since she isn’t running for reelection!  Review last year – the answer is clear.  Tari is getting […]

Bloomington: 90 citizens will decide your future

By:  Diane Benjamin In a further attempt to make your elected Aldermen immaterial, the City of Bloomington is holding a budget meeting on January 20th.  Each Alderman is to invite 10 citizens, then these 90 people will tell Bloomington where your money should be spent.  Being a Representative Republic is now dead in Bloomington.  Thanks […]

One budget cut that couldn’t be discussed: GOLF

by:  Diane Benjamin Bloomington owns 3 golf courses.  I previously report that these 3 courses DO NOT pay for themselves, even if Mayor Renner likes to say they do:  https://blnnews.com/2014/03/29/golf-pays-for-itself-hahaha/ It’s hard to keep track of what is in the budget and what isn’t, but I think the $250,000 for path resurfacing at Prairie Vista […]

The Flamingo Budget

by:  Diane Benjamin Instead of the Flamingo Budget, it could be called one of the following: “Take a Staff Member to Lunch” budget “Feed the Council Pizza” budget “Pay for Staff to See the County” budget “Renner No Cuts Possible, only more taxes” budget Renner never responded to the food and travel budget cuts Stearns […]

Bloomington: Beyond serious

by:  Diane Benjamin Let’s get some facts on the table first. Alderwoman Stearns is out of the country Mayor Renner sent her more than one email yesterday inferring her budget numbers were incorrect and not contributing to the discussion Mayor Renner did an interview with Rachel Wells at the Pantagraph conveying the same to her […]

Hales finally proposes CUTS!

by:  Diane Benjamin I never understood why Mayor Renner ran to every media outlet blaming the City Council for not proposing their own budget or cuts to the existing budget.  The Council hires City Manager David Hales to manage the city.  He gets paid A LOT of money while the Council gets less than $6000 […]

Bloomington: Since nobody is leading . . .

by:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington City Council is seriously considering raising your motor fuel tax.  They don’t care that not long ago gas was less than $2 a gallon.  They don’t care the gas prices are headed back to $4 a gallon again.  They don’t care because they DON’T want you to drive.  Get on […]

Bloomington Budget – more money

by:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Budget workshop is happening now.  I’ve listened to enough to know where City Manager David Hales and Mayor Tari Renner want to take the city:  down the same path of the State of Illinois The general theme of the budget discussion is serving the almost 80,000 citizens of Bloomington.  So […]

Why hasn’t the Senate passed a Budget since 2009?

by:  Diane Benjamin It’s easy, but I’ve never heard anybody say it!  Since Congress doesn’t have a current budget, it has operated under the 2009 budget.  The 2009 budget was the largest in history!  Obviously the Democrats have no intention of cutting spending.  So, instead of passing the House budgets, or even discussing them, they pass Continuing Resolutions […]

IL: State’s debt equals $55K for every private-sector worker, report says

By Jayette Bolinski | Illinois Watchdog http://watchdog.org/57850/il-states-debt-equals-55k-for-every-private-sector-worker-report-says/ SPRINGFIELD — Every private-sector employee in Illinois would have to pony up more than $55,000 each to pay for all of the state’s accrued debt, according to a new analysis. Illinois has $271.1 billion worth of debt, among the worst states in terms of total debt, according to a report […]

More Grants & Bike Paths

by Vic Connor I’ve been spending time going thru the latest 5 Year Budget of Normal. There is an entry for Normal spending about $200,000 for the Route 66 Bike Trail. Since I don’t normally read the Pantagraph I missed the following story. http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/government-and-politics/mclean-co-to-seek-grant-for-route-bike-trail/article_b9bde73c-9eec-11e1-ae0e-001a4bcf887a.html It’s about the State of Illinois picking up 80% of a […]

Gov Quinn Channeling Gov Walker?

From Gov Quinn’s E-Newsletter today: Illinois is at a crossroads. After decades of fiscal mismanagement, the time has come to move forward – and we must all work together to put our state on sound fiscal footing. State pensions along with Medicaid place the largest strain on our state budget. The combined stress of these […]