I am waiting, totally on pins and needles, for the latest Tweet from COAST. I'm expecting it to read something like "$16.8M Casino sidewalks cause brownouts to all fire houses for a week, thousands to die."
Hold on, you say? That's not fair? Sidewalks are funded by the capital budget and the Fire Department is funded via the Operating budget? Hmm, that's crazy Streetcar talk! Everyone knows that via magical (and illegal) means, the City could violate the law and use that Sidewalk money to save cops jobs! We all know that, right? Right???
The four Republicans on council wouldn't vote to spend money $16.8M to fund sidewalks to promote a private endeavor when that money could be spent on saving police and fire jobs, would they? Especially when that endeavor is gambling. Isn't that a sin in Charlie Winburn's eyes?
Is my snark getting through to everyone? Yes, today the city is set to approve spend $16.8M in funds to build street and sidewalk construction around the new casino and if the committee vote there is no one against it. Only Chris Bortz is questioning where the funding is coming from, which is a fair question. The Republicans on council are not questioning it, yet they play into the lies that anti-Streetcar forces put forth, claiming that capital funds in the budget could be used to prevent police or fire layoffs (or "brownouts".) For the record, I am for the new streetscape, but I would like the source of funding of it to have some help, like from the State. The people of the State of Ohio voted to put the Casinos in, so if there is public funding needed for any part of it, the State should pony up for it, not just the localities.
None of the those anti-streetcar forces are screaming about $16.8M in street work that will actually redirect traffic. They I guess like to gamble and are not doing anything to prevent the city to spend money on the Casino. Again, COAST (the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes) seems to be rather subjective on the "Spending" part of their name. I've seen others call them "COA T" in comments on other blogs and on the Enquirer's website. Well, here's another example to fit the hypocrisy of that group. It fits well with all of the lies they spew.