Tonight, the City-County Council preserved 66,000 jobs, thanks to Republicans. In a near party-line vote, the Republican-led Council displayed courage and leadership when they voted to restructure the CIB. The hotel occupancy tax was increased from nine to ten percent.Sorry, Tom, but this was not a good night for government and certainly not a good night for taxpayers. It's a good night for the lobbyists and law firms that will be rewarded for feeding the City's longest running Ponzi scheme--the Capital Improvement Board. The only jobs saved by tonight's actions were the jobs of the CIB management that needed to roll months ago in the face of gross incompetence and mismanagement there. Tom John hasn't a care in the world how badly tonight's action will damage his Republican Party. His law firm backed Peterson in each of his elections and fares much better under Democratic mayors than Republican mayors. So, Tom, are you having drinks tonight with your boss, Lacy Johnson, and your newest Democratic colleague, Carl Drummer, to celebrate the destruction of the Marion County Republican Party?
Mayor Ballard and his Republican team continue to show their dedication to the citizens of Indianapolis. Not only did they save 66,000 jobs, but they protected Indianapolis homeowners from a broad-based tax increase and opened up millions of dollars in new funding sources for the city. Democrat Jackie Nytes also understood the gravity of the moment and voted for the future of our city.
The convention and hospitality industry fuels downtown Indianapolis, and Indianapolis is the economic engine of the state of Indiana.
Marion County Republican Chairman Tom John commented on the vote.
"Republicans are showing the people of Indianapolis what leadership looks like. Residents have been protected from any broad-based tax increases, and all of us can look forward to a vibrant city for years to come. Democrats, with the exception of Jackie Nytes, played political games with 66,000 jobs in Marion County. We passed the best solution to a problem created by the failed leadership of Democrats."
Not only did the administration and Council create a plan to save jobs, but the Mayor presented a balanced budget that turned a projected $200 million deficit in 2012 into an expected $50 million surplus - all without raising taxes on the citizens of Marion County.
This was a good night for good government.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Not My Party, Tom
I'm sorry to all my Republican friends to do this to you, but you've just got to see this absurd press release Ice Miller lobbyist/RINO Tom John put out tonight praising the Republican council for approving a foolish $21 million a year tax, spend and borrow bailout scheme for the CIB: