Whenever Mayor Ballard doesn't get what he wants from the City-County Council, it seems that the State Senate has his back.
Democrats shot down Ballard's plan to fix more roads and streets by issuing bonds. Well, as part of the Central Indiana Mass Transit Bill, the Republican-dominated Senate said that Ballard could move forward with his road and street repairs and that the State of Indiana would issue the bonds rather than the city. This avoids the need to go back to the Democrats in the City-County Council for approval.
The Indianapolis Star's Jon Murray reports that, according to Chief of Staff Ryan Vaughn, Ballard had not even requested the measure. This should sound familiar for those of us that remember the Senate Enrolled Act 621 fight from 2013. Allegedly, Ballard didn't want all the power he was to be given under SEA621, but, of course, he gladly took it.
Advance Indiana's Gary Welsh goes even deeper into this one.