Before you continue to judge, I encourage you to watch the entire video and read the slide show as well.
By electing Libertarians, reducing the tax burden and getting government out of their lives.
I would challenge that statement by saying there is so much more to consider other than party lines. Indiana is already in the top 5 most affordable states to live.
What do we do to attract young people to live here? Vision and plan for it. Understanding what the customer wants...
It's easy to see that some are never going to be on board with such a large plan to benefit our communities and that's OK.
Today's job market is different and people don't follow jobs like in the 1930's. Jobs now follow people with talent and communities with a skilled workforce to fill those jobs. Not the other way around. We currently have a workforce shortage because we don't have the right people. Talk to Jerry Acy at River Ridge or Alan Taylor at Prosser. Talk to any business owner who can't fill positions. Not only do we not have enough people who want to fill the most basic jobs, but we don't have enough skilled workforce laborers or educated people to fill professional service positions. I would hate to think we'll just keep doing what we've always done. That never turns out so well.
Something that didn't sit right with me about an earlier comment about "lobbyists". They are residents and voters too. I have yet to see one person advocating for RCI/RDA that's not a local resident. Not only that, the term "lobbyist" can be applied to those opposing this as well. Those who are supporting making our community better but their opinion is different than yours, does not make them wrong... To your point, maybe they really are deeper thinkers and think bigger than you feel comfortable to. Maybe they have a different life experience or education. Either way and for whatever the reason, be careful casting stones in a glass house.
And while we are on the topic of differing opinions... there was a "Jeers" in the News Tribune the other day about a Clark County elected offical at the Floyd County Council meeting.
If you feel the need to serve as a representative of our county, especially outside of your district, please do so with grace and professionalism that is expected of your office. This includes anyone who assocates with you in a public fashion.
For those of us who don't "drink the Kool-Aid" of anyone to quickly. I would like to think I have a firm grasp on what I want from my elected officials and what I expect of them. The argument of this process being rushed and not having enough time to understand the information is an excuse. If they don't have the capability to understand legislation, even after it has been explained over and over, then we have a bigger issue. I have listened to public statements and questions. I have researched the answers to "trust" but verify. That includes comments from this website. I'm still on board and so are many others. Also on board is every other "region" in the state. Why is that I wonder?? Doesn't make them wrong, just different. Differences are what set us apart and unfortunately, at a time like this, hold us back from being able to achieve more as a community.
Scott County Council approved the RDA ordinace this morning. What it comes down to is the fiscal bodies have the final OK to approve all projects. Period. To think we are not even going to try... If for some reason the RDA is not established and we don't even apply, I sincerly hope in a couple years you don't get an "I told you so..." and are not talking about what could've been, yet again.