What is themost offensive thing is that it is clear that their strategy is to bypass any public testimony or input on the CIB bailout/Pacers Gift by slipping it into the budget bill in conference committee the last days of the session. The lobbyists and legislators know that the provision would never pass the legislature standing alone.
Curious sight of the day in the Statehouse: Indiana Pacers executives Jim Morris and Greg Schenkel standing outside House Minority Leader Brian Bosma’s office.
There is no bill before the General Assembly addressing the budget shortfall at the Capital Improvement Board but there is lots of talk that lawmakers will seek ways to cover the operating deficits at Conseco Fieldhouse and Lucas Oil Stadium before they go home (can you say downtown casino?) There can be no better explanation for Morris and Schenkel to be on the third floor.
For the record, Morris said the purpose of the visit was simply to pay courtesy calls on legislative leaders.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
WISH's Jim Shella Reports That Pacer Executives Are Meeting with Legislative Leaders
There is no bill or amendment that has even been offered to deal with the CIB bailout and the Indiana Pacers request for $15 million more of taxpayer money. Yet, Bob Grand and the CIB have been talking about their discussions with legislative leaders regarding addressing the shortfall. Now Jim Shella of WISH-TV reports on his blog that Pacer executives are meeting with legislative leaders: