|Legislators Vote for Movies; Betray Hoosiers; Governor.
Vetoing the Governor for the first time, our wonderful General Assembly thought it prudent during a statewide property tax crisis to offer $30 million in incentives to the film industry. Indiana has enough on its plate with high priced incentives in drawing a superbowl bid and various conferences to the Convention Center while juggling a property tax reform that is falling short of expectations.
"It's truly an irresponsible decision, and I can't imagine what they were thinking" - Gov.Daniels (AP)
"Legislators have given out $30 million in corporate subsidies, most of which are likely to go to existing businesses and not bring a single new job to our state" - Gov.Daniels (Indpls.Star)
Simultaneously, House Speak Bauer (D-S.Bend) projects that with a recession and less revenue, tax relief is in jeopardy if schools have a shortfall and the State has to make it up.
If that is true, then shelling out millions of dollars to Hollywood when Hoosiers are being taxed out of their homes is all the more unconscionable. The Governor has every right to be upset. Both the House and Senate voted to veto his plan. Instructing lawmakers during the 'mistake of the State Address' is coming home to roost as his own party betrayed him and his calls for bravery fell on deaf ears. The real calamity is not his re-election, but the colossal blunder our economically challenged lawmakers have perpetrated on the good people of Indiana.
If there is a small bright side, maybe we can have Hollywood cameras broadcast breaking news of our legislators being handcuffed on charges of treason for bringing aid and comfort to Hollywood instead of to suffering Hoosiers. They can also record all the good citizen-activists of Indiana who take to the streets in protests as the promised property tax relief dissolves into a 5% savings (maybe). If you were one who had a 30,000.00 tax bill, you only have a revised 28,500.00 to cough up.
The Chicago Tribune already has carried the story of our lawmakers' film decision. Having a legislature full of Laurels and Hardys would be laughable were the consequences not so dire and their unquenchable thirst for your home not so perverted. The crisis for our legislators will come in the November election when Hollywood can film our Representatives and Senators being booked at the County Jail and can sell us 8x10 glossies of their mug shots for all the dart boards in every bar. Now that would really improve the economy.