Thursday, June 10, 2010
Two Political Opposites Meet
press conference yesterday on the proposed Illiana Expressway, a new toll road that will connect I-65 and I-55 and be funded with private funds. The two could not be more opposite. Although Gov. Daniels has definitely earned a better record to date as a fiscally responsible governor in comparison to his Illinois counterpart's short tenure, I give kudos to Gov. Quinn for doing the right thing and amendatorily vetoing a tax increase contained in a bill recently sent to him by the Illinois General Assembly. Legislation aimed at reforming McCormick Place convention center in Chicago contained a new tax on airport taxi cab rides to fund an additional $10 million in funds to promote Chicago conventions. To the disappointment of Mayor Richard Daley and "civic leaders", Quinn called the tax punitive on out-of-state travelers and nixed it. Gov. Daniels, by comparison, signed legislation allowing Indianapolis' Capital Improvement Board to raise taxes paid mostly by out-of-state travelers and to borrow $27 million from the state so the CIB can give away more of our money to the billionaire sports team owners and spend more money promoting conventions that primarily benefit the City's downtown hospitality businesses.