Kidding. Of course, Tully does no such thing. As with any inconvenient facts, Tully just ignores them.
|Indianapolis Star Columnist Matthew Tully|
Tully's column, however, thoroughly outlines the poor spending priorities of the current administration, the $6.35 million gift to Keystone Construction for a parking garage, the $21 million this year given to the Pacers, the $23 million for a private company to build apartments at the location of the old Market Square Arena and $6 million for a cricket field.
Kidding. Of course, Tully never mentions any of those misguided spending decisions as possibly playing a factor in a smaller pot for law enforcement.
As reported by Had Enough Indy, the City takes in more than $100 million more today than it did when Peterson left office and the State picked up a number of other obligations freeing up yet more money for Indianapolis city leaders to spend on basic services, like law enforcement. Tully notes this in his column and points out how most of that money has been diverted to private companies via an increasing number of tax increment financing districts (now making up 20% of the city) that often run in the red and drain the property tax base.
Kidding. Of course, Tully never mentions that. Tully instead wants you to take out your wallet and pay more. If city leaders decide to give that money to politically-connected companies, don't expect Tully to complain. He'll just write another column ask his readers to pay yet more taxes.
With columnists like Matt Tully who won't address local issues with even a modicum of intellectual honesty, is it a wonder the Star continues to lose readership?