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IS IT TRUE Mayor Winnecke took advantage of the recent nice weather to give his annual State of the City address to a packed house at the downtown Rotary Club?…of course the Mayor put a positive spin on Evansville as politicians tend to do when facing an audience and some of that was merited?…the efforts to eliminate litter seem to be making a dent in what had become a preventable squalor and the continuing effort to define a long term solution to the combined sewer issue deserve accolades?…we are however still waiting for the plan and the price tag for an EPA approved plan to move forward to repair the sewers?…we do know that roughly a year ago the number was estimated to be between $545 Million and $815 Million and that construction inflation has driven both numbers up?…the Mayor should be aware that the longer we wait the more this will cost and accelerate rather than delay real action?…that in spite of the $2 Million “surprise” hole in the budget due to reduced tax collection that is causing cuts in the City’s operating budget, Mayor Winnecke still is adamant about pushing forward with Robert’s Park that is now estimated to cost $8 Million?…the Rotary Club even announced a $100,000 gift to the effort that amounts to a whopping 1.25% of the total construction budget?…moving forward on such a project 24 hours after announcing a $2 Million negative surprise had that TWILIGHT ZONE feel to it as though we may just be on a train with no engineer?…Councilwoman Missy Mosby tweeted after the speech that “Evansville is United, Awesome State of the City Speech Mayor”?…that does sound like a dream but we beg to differ on both fronts?…it was an okay speech delivered by a very good speaker about a Midwestern town with real issues that have haunted it for decades?…there is nothing “awesome” about the contents of the speech?
IS IT TRUE every day that the approval of the $4.8 Million loan for Earthcare Energy LLC is not rescinded is another day that $4.8 Million of your tax dollars are at risk of being handed out by the Winnecke Administration to Earthcare Energy?…the next time the Evansville City Council is scheduled to meet is March 31, 2014 at which time the City County Observer has been assured that they will initiate action to rescind this approval?…we hope there is more urgency to do so that was exhibited this Monday night when not a peep about Earthcare was heard?…that failing to rescind is as we stated yesterday a de-facto extension of the loan approval and mimics the actions of the Loan Administration Board that formally extended the term of the $200,000 loan by 2 years without any basis to do so?
IS IT TRUE the Coachella Valley Innovation Hub that is run by CCO Editor and former GAGE President Joe Wallace was the subject of a 20 year economic impact study by Dr. John Husing who is the pre-eminent economist in California’s Inland Empire?…the economic impact estimate for this Innovation Hub and it’s Accelerator Campus was calculated by Dr. Husing to be $12.5 Billion over its first 20 years based on the successes since it opened in late 2011?…Dr. Husing and his firm along with multiple case studies can be seen at www.johnhusing.com?
IS IT TRUE President Barack Obama is struggling to overcome widespread pessimism about the economy and deep frustration with Washington, notching the lowest job-approval ratings of his presidency in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll?…the results indicate that President Obama’s job approval ticked down to 41% in March from 43% in January suggesting that Obama could weigh on fellow Democrats in midterm elections this fall, particularly in the conservative states that will play a large role in deciding whether his party retains its Senate majority.