Monday, March 10, 2014 8:18 AM
By MORTON MARCUS
INDIANAPOLIS - Trust those witty folks in the Indiana General Assembly to keep confounding us simple Hoosiers.
week, I praised the passage of HB 1020 calling for a study of economic
incentives. I made the unforgivable mistake of working off a press
release. What I discovered later was the bill itself is a 160 page
document laying down the law for all sorts of matters dealing with
economic development. Naïve as I am, I had endorsed a whole bill, most
of which I could not understand. As this column is
being written, the legislature has yet to decide if the voters of
selected Central Indiana counties will be allowed to vote on a mass
transit proposal. Presumably, this bill would improve bus service
within, into and out of Marion County. Some new type of bus would be
used to swish commuters to and from Hamilton County. Johnson County also
might get similar swooshing service.
Note that the
idea of rail (light or heavy) has been deleted from the current
discussion. That does not mean it will not reappear in the final bill.
Our incredible legislature is capable of adding or subtracting anything
about anything up to the final act of passage which occurs whenever the
leadership deems it appropriate.
It is difficult to be
against improving public transit in the Indianapolis area. The past and
current IndyGo system is a model of inadequacy. Improvements, made
elsewhere decades earlier, are still not in place in Indianapolis. Northwest Indiana too is debating important questions about bus and rail service.