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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan

Mayor Mark Kruzan and News Director Stan Jastrzebski speak at length about the statewide and local implications of recent actions taken by the General Assembly.

In one of the most compelling “Ask the Mayor” episodes in recent memory, Mayor Mark Kruzan and WFIU News Director Stan Jastrzebski speak at length about the statewide and local implications of recent actions taken by the General Assembly. Kruzan, a former state legislator, analyzes the voter referendum appearing on ballots this November that could result in 1-2-3 property tax caps entering the state’s constitution. Kruzan opposes the tax caps but admits “his heart is not in it” to campaign against them. The General Assembly’s vote in favor of the caps was political, Kruzan argues, as no state legislator wants to be pinned with an anti-tax cut label this November during elections. Enjoy the show…

  • Stan Shapiro

    Political leaders should feel obligated if those in power appear to be making mistakes. Our timid legislators are meekly letting the governor reduce public school funding to the point where front-line services are damaged.

    Overlarge classes, underprepared substitute teachers, and the elimination of arts and other cultural enrichment programs will rob our children of the preparations needed for successful adulthood in an increasingly complex society. Only recognized public leaders can mount a demand for action such as a 1- or 2-year reprogramming of funds from bricks and mortar projects and new road projects in order to shore up the schools' salary funds.

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