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To be fair, his point is that local governments are surviving despite being shorted that cash. The question I have for Abdul is: How well are they surviving?
Across Indiana, local governments have been tightening their belts, relying on federal grants and loans to survive, and laying off public workers. Here in Indianapolis, the Star's Matt Tully reports that the city/county government was shorted around $34 million. That doesn't make you feel very good after we have recently heard that the Department of Public Safety is operating deeply in the red and everything from police cars to toilet paper are needs.
According to Abdul's numbers, local government was shorted $210 million in local option income tax money. Think about that. $210 million off the books at a time when this city and other localities across the state were making critical decisions about keeping or killing local government services. Add in the millions the state lost from tax collections and "found" in December, then you've got yourself a full blown major issue.
Positive? PUHLEEZE. Abdul, welcome to the spin zone. Matt Tully was right. Governor Mitch Daniels is ultimately the one to blame on this one, and no amount of subject changing or spinning from the right can change it.