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January 25, 2014

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Gene Poole

It's official. It's now the Chamber Of Reimburse.

Jiim Fuquay

The Shamber of No Conscience is only concerned about ensuring government largess for business. It has lost full sight of the greater good for all the citizens of the Indianapolis area.

RJ Llano

The population of Center Township is approximately 145,000, down from 337, 000 in 1950. Given that backdrop, the battle to save Indianapolis was over years ago. There has been very little private sector investment in the urban core, unless it is accompanied by some tax scheme or another. New taxes on commuters will destroy what's left of the center city. I'm not sure what the Indiana Chamber is thinking, but the movers and shakers in Indy sure seem hellbent on driving the final nails into this city's proverbial coffin.

Jiim Fuquay

The basic question might be "how many metro people earn their pay working in the city but pay their taxes to a surrounding governmental entity outside Marion county?" It is clearly difficult for a large city with a declining population, relatively lower income earnings, and a significant infrastructure to support to sustain itself. Perhaps, a modest tax sharing arrangement (property and income taxes) would help. Clearly new thinking is in order to deal with the situation.

Fred McCarthy

Jim - My problem is not with what kind of tax. It is the never-ending approach that a new tax or tax increase is always the answer to any problem. The wasteful spending rising from abuse of the current tax structure should never, never be the excuse for a new tax with no serious review of that spending.

Gene Poole

The "lives here works there" is a hospitality vs hostility issue; of welcoming business (employment) within population centers rather than preying on them.

Jiim Fuquay

Fred - I agree with you. I don't think a new tax is needed; perhaps better use, including some sharing of revenues, could be considered.

Gene - I enjoy your prose but I am never sure what your point is. I don't get the "hospitality vs hostility" analogy.

Gene Poole

Dear Jim: Ok, hospitality vs hostility analogy refers to the need for hospitality to employment / business & therefore employees, vs policies of hostility which foster notions of commuter taxes to send people into neighboring counties for what should be home base employment; but one lame excuse for crass transit.

sjudge

How does suburbia fare clustered around a dead star?

Fred McCarthy

sjudge - I don't know. Does suburbia fare better by further enabling the slow suicide of the "star" ensuing from the almost criminally irresponsible abuse of its life-giving resources by those same people who now demand help from suburbia?

Jiim Fuquay

Fred and Gene - Thanks for your replies. Lots of comments on this issue.:)

sjudge

The City has two possible paths - one (yours) is to hope growth occurs spontaneously, and the other is to encourage it by what means are available.

Fred McCarthy

sjudge - No. I only want reasonable and responsible use of already available revenues before putting the bite on neighbors. If the city were not giving away hundreds of millions of dollars with various subsidies and tax abatement schemes, and still had problems funding basic municipal services, it certainly would be OK with me to ask for needed help.

Gene Poole

Exchanging jurisdictional integrity for fuzzy notions of "interconnectedness" is at best cute pop psychology; not sound economic policy.

The world may well be a circle, but it doesn't take a pillage... to raise an economy. Exactly local, officious & meddling (hyper regulation & crony cap schemes), jurisdictional choke holds on free enterprise are precisely causal in the life of any "star."

Those favoring mass transit should speak with THEIR, expertise (at risk private investment), personal subscriptions & daily fare expenditures, thereby living the free part of free market; vs. the ruse of improperly disclosed schemes or pilfered dollars of the fee market.

The forced will of the fooling class, marketed as utopian, is actually a dystopian lien or mortgage on the lives & free will of others; whom the "elites" thereby treat inhumanely as a harvestable commodity

Jiim Fuquay

Does anyone think our politicians and so-called leaders are listening to our concerns?

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