They’re Not Rubber Stamps

Mention the phrase “rubber stamp” around certain Metro Council members, and you get a strong negative reaction.

That’s the charge being leveled by opponents of the bridges tolling authority, who saw the Metro Council’s approval of the authority as a formality pushed by the Mayor and economic development interests. To fight that perception, the Council bickered over terms of the agreement for three hours last night, injecting a bunch of provisions that the Council wants the Mayor to abide by.

So when Abramson picks his four appointees, the Council wants them to drop by for some questions. And the Council wants to hold some public meetings, though it’s unlikely anything that comes out of them would be considered by the authority.  And if there’s ever anything actually built, the Council wants the project to abide by its labor standards ordinance. Not that they would have to.

But at least the Council avoided the “rubber stamp” tag by taking a bunch of time to put in some new language.

4 thoughts on “They’re Not Rubber Stamps

  1. Absolute Good Guys, trying to ensure public input on the tolls:
    Tina Ward-Pugh, who explained it all pretty clearly and did not seem confused to anyone except one person.
    Tom Owen. Tom, lose the sweater or cape or whatever that was.
    Rick Blackwell.
    Vicki Welch.
    Brent Ackerson, who called it what it was, which was voting for a tax, which he would not do. He’s pretty good for a rookie.

    Kinda Good Guys:
    Jim King, who asked all the right questions, some of which only he understood, but they were on the right side of the issue.
    Judy Green, if she could make up her mind.
    Mary Woolridge, if she could make up her mind. (I won’t say how I voted; I voted YES!)
    Dan Johnson, who finally found Camelot for a few shining moments as president of the entire council and not just his district.
    Hal Heiner, briefly, for allowing some public input. See, Hal, it’s ok to be a good guy now and then.
    Maryanne Butler, who followed King’s lead but never said anything.
    George Unseld.
    Cheri Hamilton.
    Madonna Flood, almost.
    Bob Henderson.

    Bad guys, supportive of tolls, non-supportive of public input, to hell with facts, pave the goddamn river and build two bridges, assuming Glasscock can sell the bonds:
    David Tandy, who is frankly inept.
    Ken Fleming.
    Kevin “the whiner” Kramer.
    Kelly Downard, who still thinks he beat Jerry, he just has to operate from his side of 6th Street.
    Glen Stuckel.
    Jon Ackerson.
    Robin Engle.
    Jim Peden.
    Doug Hawkins, who for once voted kinda normal, but on the wrong side.

    Remember this list of anti-taxers (the top two categories) and pro-taxers (third category). If anyone on the last list says they are for a smaller government and less taxes, question their integrity by mentioning last night’s votes.

  2. It was amazing to see so many “conservatives” voting for such a big liberal tax and spend project such as this is, with all its unnecessary pork components. And if anybody thinks these tolls won’t be the biggest tax increase in Louisville history, they’re fooling themselves.

    Make no mistake, what this project is to these conservatives is a huge gift to the road construction industry, at the People’s expense.

  3. When it comes to their rubber stamp ways, don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do. This council over the past 6 years has been the biggest supporter of the mayor and his programs over the years. When you see only one or two people actively going against these proposals, its still a rubber stamp congress.

    As far as the biggest tax increase in the history of Louisville, it will lead to more people leaving the city. Sure they may still have to hop in their buggies and work here but you will start to see business leaving to go to Indiana more and more. Which in my opinion is a good thing if you are from Indiana. However, it doesn’t help the tax issues here but they really don’t care except to look pretty and say Look at we can do Louisville.

    Its ok for the Council though because between them, Mayor Jerry, and a few vested interests in this town, they will get their way and be dammed those who complain or make any noise. What will happen though with more of their tax policies is that people with start to move with their feet. Its not that far to consider Shelby, Spencer, Oldham, East Bullitt, etc as places to live. Or go to Indiana where state income tax is 3.4 percent and local taxes run 1.5 percent of income.

    Several businesses have relocated in Indiana due to the tax burden. Southern Indiana used to be the less developed part of the Metro Louisville area but it is rapidly catching up and with these bridges being built that Kentucky can’t seem to afford, it will eventually start outpacing Louisville. At least half of the city of Louisville is in decline due to the loss of jobs and economic constraints. You can pretty much write off any new development anything west of 65. Most of it is residential or a industrial wasteland.

    So when the city of Louisville continues to fall into decline, decay, and lack of business and industry look no farther to the local Metro Council, Mayor, Business Community, and state government in Frankfort. They are the ones that need to be held responsible.

  4. They are, what I’ve called them all along in print, “The Louisville Metro Soviet”. We need leadership and backbone, and the majority of these folks provide neither.

    Paul Hosse
    Another Opinion

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