- Keira Amstutz – President and Chief Executive Officer, Indiana Humanities
- Kathy Davis – President and Owner, Davis Design Group
- Larry Gigerich – Managing Director, Ginovus
- Stephen Goldsmith – Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
- Gary Hobbs – Chief Executive Officer, BWi
- Ryan Kitchell – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Indiana University Health
- Chris LaMothe – Chief Executive Officer, Elevate Ventures
- Mark Maassel – President, Indiana Energy Association
- Mitch Roob – Executive Vice President, KERAMIDA
- John Thompson – Chief Executive Officer, Thompson Distribution
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Pence Delegates Control Of Regional Cities Windfall To Political Cronies
Gov. Mike Pence signed into law another government boondoggle this year known as the Regional Cities Initiative. Our esteemed lawmakers thought it was a good idea to package up $84 million in the new program that's supposed to help lure younger workers to Indiana by tackling quality-of-life issues on a regional basis. Gov. Mike Pence decided it would be a good idea to outsource the doling out of those dollars to a group of ten "business executives," most of whom would be more aptly described as political cronies. The list includes:
John Mutz, Indiana's former Lt. Governor and member of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation joked to the Journal-Gazette's Niki Kelly, "Steve Goldsmith doesn't even live in the state." He added, "I'm not against Steve Goldsmith," noting he was his 1988 running mate. Actually, he probably wasn't joking because most of the folks who worked on Mutz' campaign felt that Goldsmith dragged the ticket down in that 1988 gubernatorial race when Mutz lost that race to Evan Bayh and totally despise him.
Regardless, it is very troubling that a triumvirate consisting of Goldsmith and two political hacks from his city administration, Mitch Roob and Larry Gigerich, will be making the decisions on how this money is spent. All three are in the business of making a lot of money off local government spending decisions by getting them to do business with their clients. Pence has effectively given them a platform to use this decision-making process to make even more money for themselves. I've long since given up on deciding how Gov. Pence makes decisions. The only people who seem to financially benefit from his administration are people who absolutely hate him and are doing everything they can to destroy him politically. The guy is either totally clueless or has a fetish for self-punishment.