Monday, May 17, 2010
Ballard And Republican Councilors Seeking Another Tax Increase
No, I'm not talking about the largest tax increase in Indianapolis history our Republican-led council passed tonight that they masqueraded as a cost-savings measure. I'm talking about the 120 business fees Mayor Greg Ballard plans to raise and Republican councilors have pledged to support to fuel an additional $2 million a year in spending. All of those subsidies and contracts Ballard and his Republican council friends are passing out to their fat cat contributors are running up quite a tab and somebody has to pick up the check. It won't be the billionaire sports team owners, but small business owners who are already struggling in this worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. At this rate, Ballard and the Republicans will enact more tax increases in four years of operating government than the eight years of Democratic rule before them. For a trip down memory lane, the campaign video of Ballard above was back in the days when he supposedly opposed raising taxes and said he would fin a way to cut the budget by 10%. "There's a lot of fluff in that budget," he said at the time.