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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Watchdogs can score victories against 'favored' projects'"

Andrea Neal of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation has an worth-reading in full column Oct.12th (h/t Ind.Econ.Digest), made particularly interesting to the ILB because it features two projects the ILB has followed since their inceptions; the Dunes pavilion banquet center, and the Mounds Lake Reservoir. Some quotes:

Yes, you can fight City Hall. That’s the message from citizen activists across Indiana who effectively challenged two seemingly unstoppable government-backed projects that would hand over public resources for private gain.

One is a controversial dam and reservoir proposed for the White River at Anderson, a $440-million venture billed as a boon to the economy and to the regional water supply. The other is a banquet and conference center to be built in Porter County at Indiana Dunes State Park.

Both appeared done deals due to the close ties between business leaders touting the plans and political leaders positioned to act on them. In both cases, citizens felt costs outweighed benefits, and they packed public hearings to press their case.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 15, 2015 10:31 AM
Posted to Indiana Government