The editorial though warns about the possible game plan for the remaining days of the session:
The legislature's involvement introduces its own set of pressures, including time constraints. This year's legislative session is racing into the second half with no solution or set of solutions publicly settled on and lawmakers preoccupied with the state's own budget problems.Of course sneaking the bailout into the budget at the last minute is the game plan. Public input on potentially raising taxes to bail out the CIB is the last thing the CIB and city leaders want. While the Star's suggestion is good, Indianapolis political leaders have demonstrated repeatedly that they intend to make the decisions, and overwhelming public opposition will not derail them from giving more money to wealthy owners of professional sport franchises..
Those competing forces raise concerns about how the closing weeks of the session could unfold. City and state leaders must avoid an all-too-common Statehouse scenario: a last minute, behind-closed-doors deal that cuts the public out of the decision-making.
Mayor Greg Ballard could help head off that storyline by soon identifying his preferred choices for eliminating the deficit. The mayor might not get what he wants out of the Statehouse, but he at least would help shape the discussion early in the process and give lawmakers time to hear from their constituents.
The various parties who would be affected by potential tax increases or other options also could be heard before the final sprint to the session's end kicks in
What the Star could have also done is to note the numerous conflicts of interest on the CIB and demand that some members be appointed to that board who aren't going to simply go along with whatever CIB President, Bob Grand, or other city leaders decide. If the CIB did more than simply rubber-stamp what city leaders want done, then perhaps the CIB wouldn't be in the mess it is today.