Thanks for your February 12th e-mail in opposition to the bailout for the CIB. I also share some concerns about placing an undue burden on the average taxpayer to benefit pro sports teams. Of course the teams and the CIB will make the economic development argument – more jobs, more business for hotels, restaurants, etc.
I voted no on the original Hoosier Dome bill in the mid 1980s believing private business, with the help of local foundations, could fund the Dome. I would have voted no on the new stadium on its own, however it was linked with funding for the expansion of the convention center and a very much needed economic development project for Lake County.
All this background is given to say that if a CIB bailout is offered by itself I believe I will vote no. However if it is a part of the budget bill I will need to decide, do the positive/good things in the budget outweigh the negetives (sic). No easy choice when it comes to the budget. Hope this response helps you understand my position.
Day is a pretty straight shooter. I think those of us who oppose the bailout need to assume that what Day suggests in his e-mail is precisely what Mayor Ballard and CIB President Bob Grand intend to ask legislators to do. Tack the controversial item onto the state budget, hoping lawmakers will swallow the toxic pill because of other favored items in the budget. It's sleazy logrolling at its worst. Again, I urge you to contact your legislators and put a stop to this nonsense. Mayor Ballard and Bob Grand are not on the side of the taxpayers in this debate. Mayor Ballard won't even discuss the issue with the public. Instead, he is hiding behind Grand and others to do his heavy-lifting for him.