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Old 11-10-2010, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Well, it appears the newly-minted GOP majority in the General Assembly might not even let it come to a vote: Reluctant lawmakers may hold back metro Indianapolis transit plan | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

That would be a chicken*****, move, IMO. I mean, if it goes to a vote and people vote it down, then so be it. But at least let the public decide. This is an important and expensive issue that will affect this region's future.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:26 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Well, it appears the newly-minted GOP majority in the General Assembly might not even let it come to a vote: Reluctant lawmakers may hold back metro Indianapolis transit plan | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

That would be a chicken*****, move, IMO. I mean, if it goes to a vote and people vote it down, then so be it. But at least let the public decide. This is an important and expensive issue that will affect this region's future.
Does anybody actually think that this is okay? I hope that Republicans realize they will be risking a lot if they do this. I actually think this would persuade some Hamilton County residents to vote Democratic for the next state elections. I just don't understand how the party that is supposedly for less controlling government won't let people vote on an issue.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:50 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Does anybody actually think that this is okay? I hope that Republicans realize they will be risking a lot if they do this. I actually think this would persuade some Hamilton County residents to vote Democratic for the next state elections. I just don't understand how the party that is supposedly for less controlling government won't let people vote on an issue.
Kenley leading the charge is particularly ironic given that he was one of the architects behind the regional tax that partly funds Lucas Oil Stadium and the Convention Center expansion. Nothing more than politics as usual. So much for change.

I voted for Kenley the last time in part because of the practicality I thought he displayed with the stadium funding issue. I may have to re-think voting for him again.
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Well, it appears the newly-minted GOP majority in the General Assembly might not even let it come to a vote: Reluctant lawmakers may hold back metro Indianapolis transit plan | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star

That would be a chicken*****, move, IMO. I mean, if it goes to a vote and people vote it down, then so be it. But at least let the public decide. This is an important and expensive issue that will affect this region's future.
Wow, thanks for posting this!...This is major crap that this is happening. While I personally do not LOVE the most recent plan (I like the extension of rail service to Noblesville and Franklin but HATE the dropping/postponing of the light rail to the airport), the fact that they may not even let the voting public decide via a referendum is ludicrous! Very shameful at the lest!
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Old 11-10-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Wow, thanks for posting this!...This is major crap that this is happening. While I personally do not LOVE the most recent plan (I like the extension of rail service to Noblesville and Franklin but HATE the dropping/postponing of the light rail to the airport), the fact that they may not even let the voting public decide via a referendum is ludicrous! Very shameful at the lest!
What's the latest on South Shore expansion up there?
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Old 11-10-2010, 03:22 PM
 
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Does anybody actually think that this is okay? I hope that Republicans realize they will be risking a lot if they do this. I actually think this would persuade some Hamilton County residents to vote Democratic for the next state elections. I just don't understand how the party that is supposedly for less controlling government won't let people vote on an issue.
So should every tax increase be put to referendum? This is the problem with referendums, every person/entity looking for a tax hike starts demanding one. Maybe we will start having two to four questions on the ballot every election? Hell, maybe it will start to inspire more people to vote. The only problem I have with referendums is how they are conducted. They need to change the law to force all referendums to be held on election day. There are plenty of groups that would love to hold a referendum on Christmas Day if it would mean getting their theft legalized.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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What's the latest on South Shore expansion up there?
Don't remind me...lol...that is a whoolllle notha ball park!
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Don't remind me...lol...that is a whoolllle notha ball park!
Oh I know, but as both would seem to require some involvement from the General Assembly, maybe for once the two regions should band together to force the General Assembly to get out of the way.
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:29 PM
 
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Oh I know, but as both would seem to require some involvement from the General Assembly, maybe for once the two regions should band together to force the General Assembly to get out of the way.
I agree. But the additional problem that we have to deal with up here is Illinois (mainly MetraRail and whoever owns the tracks so we could get right of way) and then funding to upgrade (and build some portions) of the tracks. And then the building of stations and all the rest that goes with it. I am pulling for both NWI and Indy!
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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Oh I know, but as both would seem to require some involvement from the General Assembly, maybe for once the two regions should band together to force the General Assembly to get out of the way.
My biggest problem with the General Assembly is that I have no idea why we really need their approval. Why should someone from Fort Wayne or Evansville decide anything for the Indianapolis area? We don't need their approval for school referendums so I don't know why we would for this. And about the South Shore extension; if the assembly has anything to do with that you can kiss it goodbye because the state couldn't care less about NWI.
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