Friday, June 25, 2010

News for Next Week: 2nd Amendment & Pacers

Two unrelated stories to look for next week.

Monday marks the last conference day for the U.S. Supreme Court. Observers believe that the decision on the 2nd Amendment gun case, McDonald v. City of Chicago, is in the pipeline, and may be announced on Monday at the conference.

There seems to be a consensus that the Supreme Court will incorporate the 2nd Amendment, i.e. require states and cities follow the 2nd Amendment. Look for Indianapolis ban on guns in city parks, supported by Mayor Ballard, to be a likely challenge following incorporation. It will be interesting seeing Mayor Ballard who has paid lip service to the 2nd Amendment while showing extreme hostility to gun owners in the policies he's supported.

The other likely story next week is the announcement of a short-term deal between the City and the Pacers to pay their operating costs for three years, with possibly one retroactive year. The premise behind a short-term deal is that a new collective bargaining agreement would place more control on labor costs and let teams like the Pacers be more profitable. Thus, the Pacers in three years might not need more taxpayer money and they won't have to beg for the City to continue paying operating costs. Yeah, like that's going to happen.


Jon said...

So if we pay the Pacer's 3 years maintenance at 15-18 million per year plus a retroactive year we are throwing another 45-72 million dollars down the rabbit hole? Thank you mayor bozo.

Downtown Indy said...

But the city apparently has money to burn. I've now seen a half-dozen alleys that have been asphalt paved in recent days. These are all in the Fountain Square area.

I do NOT understand why we are paving alleys that have been gravel since they were first created.

Not at this point in time, especially.

Yet, there are streets and sidewalks that are in critical need fixing, if we believe the Mayor.