Wednesday, August 06, 2008
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Even more jabbering on the tax cuts, and some heated discussions can be found at the blog, Hoosiers for Fair Taxation. If you want to add a spark to your day and get that fire going, be sure to check out this post and the following comments.
To give you a tid bit of what to expect:
And while Christine is more moderate, our position is that ALL arts funding should be cut at the knees immediately. These are tough times for Indy's residents. Citizens are shackled with sky high gasoline prices, higher property tax payments, a 65% county income tax increase, and inflation hitting our grocery bills.
There is some serious anti Arts Council chatter at work here, sounding as if it come from a feeling of being spited. Along with much talk about being in the Arts Council's "clique". Who is this supposed clique?
In regards to other uses of these funds such as the much talked about crime prevention, look... I am all for more public safety and the reduction of crime in Indianapolis. Afterall, my father is a police officer who has been working the streets for 30+ years. He loves his job. Having seen what he has to put up with on a daily business, I have complete respect for law enforcement. Peterson's merger of IPD and the Sherrifs department was local governments attempt to streamline the citys policing ability, decrease crime rates and save money. This obviously has not happned. Perhaps it will take some time for it all to balance out. Maybe in five years time this merger will finally be saving money. I personally doubt it. My family was firmly against this merger and yet I, personally, was still pro Peterson for his support for the Arts. The proposed cuts in Arts funding would do little to help long term crime control, while arts funding cuts will have an immediate impact on out reach programs, which several studies find that such programs do in fact help prevent crime. Keep the arts. Stop tax payer money from paying for and maintaining sports stadiums.