Friday, July 24, 2009

Mayor Ballard Touts CIB Tax Increases As Critical for Economic Future of Indianapolis; He Then Heads to Brazil During Committee Hearing on Proposal

The Rules & Public Policy Committee of the Indianapolis City-County Council will meet on Tuesday, July 28 at 5:30 pm in room 260 of the City-County Building to consider the Mayor's proposal for a taxpayer bailout of the Capital Improvement Board.

The Mayor has touted this bailout as absolutely "critical" to the future of Indianapolis' economy. He has put his entire administration and the future of the majority Republican council on the line in support of tax increases to pay for the CIB bailout. If the Democrats stick to their guns regarding voting against the tax increases, Mayor Ballard will have to convince all 15 Republicans to vote for tax increases that will undoubtedly cost Republicans the Mayor's Office and a council majority come 2011.

So you would expect that the Mayor Greg Ballard would be hard at work trying to build support for the tax increases in the days leading up to and after this critical committee hearing on the CIB bailout, right? Think again. That's not the Ballard way. Instead the Indianapolis Star reports that during this critical committee hearing he will be thousands of miles away in Brazil on a speculative effort to bring back jobs and to look at Brazil's alternative energy industry, which based on producing ethanol from sugar cane that doesn't grow any place in Indiana. The Mayor leaves on the trip beginning on July 27th and won't be back until the 31st.




Come to the CIB bailout public hearing on Tuesday night (7/28/2009) at City Hall on Market Street across from the City Market. It starts at 5:30 pm in room 260. The meeting is being held by the committee looking at the bailout proposal.

It's already leaked that several city councilors are against the bailout. Those good guys on the council need our public support and encouragement.

Sign up to speak (they usually give you 2 minutes) and let it be known that the prudent thing to do is to order a forensic audit of the CIB that has operated in near secrecy with our money for at least a decade.

Thanks to relentless bloggers like Gary Welsh and Paul Ogden, everything is set up for the party bosses to fail to get their bailout money for their sports billionaire legal clients and/or campaign contributors. All we need is for citizens to show up to give the final punch that knocks down their game.

Signs to bring:

Never forget that the biggest fear of the party bosses is public exposure.

Downtown Indy said...

Ho wmany jobs did we get from his LAST trip when he went to Asia?

Paul K. Ogden said...


Supposedly they got one company as I recall, though I don't know whether that ultimately panned out.

You have to wonder though. Ballard made the CIB bailout absolutely critical to Indy's economy and then he leaves town to go on a purely speculative trade trip while his supposedly critical tax increase proposal gets voted on in committee.

jabberdoodle said...

Maybe he can learn the Portuguese word for 'leadership'.

arnie said...

He is a real piece of work, our mayor.