"The Colts are miffed they were dragged into the Pacers' tiff with the Capital Improvement Board. The CIB may or may not get relief for its $47 million shortfall before lawmakers adjourn Wednesday. And taxpayers are disgusted with everyone," writes John Ketzenberger in today's Indianapolis Star.
"It's just another day in paradise," he continues. "Or maybe it's paradise lost because if the CIB can't get its financial house in order, we're all in trouble."
This Indianapolis Observer agrees. Once upon a time we had mayors who could drag warring parties into the same room and smack some sense into them.
Ketzenberger concludes, "With stakes this high, the city can't afford to drift aimlessly. This is a solvable problem."
Advance Indiana reminds us of this dark little secret: "Let's see who is getting free tickets and using suites controlled by the City and the CIB at LOS at Colts games. Let's learn who is footing the bill for that free entertainment. Let's find out whether politicians are reporting all of those free gifts on their statements of economic interest."
UPDATE (30 April 2009):
Advance Indiana reports: "I'm picking up indications that the CIB plans to announce that it will no longer be able to conduct business as of September 1, 2009 because of its budget shortfall."