key portions of the city, including downtown Indianapolis and Broad Ripple.
One would think that the candidates for Indianapolis mayor would see it as an opportunity to address the concerns of the public about the implementation of the rapid bus line. In particular, it should be an excellent issue for Republican challenger Jim Merritt, who should be targeting high profile issues that could move voters. But Merritt's public comments indicate he loves the hugely expensive project and could not care less that Indy residents are inconvenienced as they sit in their cars idling in massive traffic jams. His only criticism is that Mayor Joe Hogsett didn't initially support the project enthusiastically enough.
|State Senator Jim Merritt|
Between Hogsett and Merritt, it is tough to argue that Merritt is the more fiscally conservative candidate . In fact, Merritt appears to have completely abandoned his conservatives principles in other areas as well Recently he attacked the Hogsett administration for not setting aside enough 15% of city contracts for minority and women-owned businesses. State law apparently doesn't allow the strict quotas that Merritt supports. Merritt's position supporting strict quotas means he is advocating discriminating against businesses which are not minority and women-owned in the awarding of government contracts. That sure as heck is not a conservative idea.
Merritt is a longtime conservative state senator running for Indianapolis Mayor as a liberal Republican. He was either an opportunist pretending to be a conservative in the General Assembly or is an opportunist pretending to be a liberal on the mayoral campaign trail. Neither is acceptable.
No it is not about economic development; it is about the transfer of wealth from the many to the few who will prosper with all the mixed-use development of disposable buildings that will be foisted on us as evidence of how successful transit-oriented development is -while only five more people ride the bus and INDYgo goes bankrupt trying to maintain an expensive infrastructure when they can't even keep the inside of the buses clean.
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