Monday, October 12, 2015
Mitch Harper On The Fort Report
The News-Sentinel's Kevin Leininger has an excellent 30-minute interview with Fort Wayne's Republican mayoral candidate Mitch Harper. It's really unfortunate we have no serious interviews with our mayoral candidates in Indianapolis occurring on the level Leininger conducts this interview with Harper, who offers straight-talking, articulate and well-considered views on a host of issues facing city government. The discussion is probably above the level the average voter is able to comprehend, but it's at the level those of serious about our governance expect.
Harper lays out his plans to end political cronyism and corporate welfare, re-purpose TIFs to their original purpose of facilitating public infrastructure improvements, not public subsidies, for development needs and re-focusing attention on neighborhood development instead of an over-emphasis on downtown development. You will also hear Harper indicate his opposition to any public subsidies for a new arena, which apparently billionaire Herb Simon wants to see happen now that he owns Fort Wayne's Mad Ants' of the NBA D-League The old Coliseum just won't cut it for the greedy billionaire. Herb's emissaries are apparently already telling folks up in the Summit City they'll have to swallow a new food and beverage tax to finance a brand new downtown arena for the Mad Ants.