Saturday, September 26, 2009
Star Editorial Lies To Marion County Voters About Wishard Referendum
This is what we are up against, folks. The news media outlets in this town are deliberately lying to the public about the Wishard Hospital referendum, just like the Health & Hospital Corporation is. The Sunday edition of the Star is carrying an editorial in support of the referendum that continues to spread lies to deceive the public into supporting the referendum. "Again, no tax increase is being presented on Nov. 3," the editorial reads. Uh, did anyone on the editorial staff bother to read the public notices the newspaper ran in this week's Star? Those public notices make clear the new debt will be backed by increased property tax levies. While the editorial acknowledges the "whopping size" of the hospital project, it asserts that it "will require no new tax dollars, Wishard leaders have pledged." "[T]he bill will be paid by a combination of philanthropy, cash flow for services, and $150 million Wishard has on hand," the editorial assures us. Citing Mayor Greg Ballard's and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce's support for the Wishard referendum, the Star tells us "[t]heir endorsement vouches for the incalculable importance of Wishard to the health and social progress of Central Indiana, as well as its $1.2 billion annual impact on the local economy." And these are the same folks who supported the bailout of the Capital Improvement Board with higher taxes and increased debt. Marion County's combined debt is now more than $4 billion. With this latest proposed borrowing, taxpayers will be footing the bill for at least $5 billion in borrowed funds.