Produce jobs close to home, nix train expansion

2014-04-04T00:00:00Z Produce jobs close to home, nix train expansion nwitimes.com
April 04, 2014 12:00 am

Commuting on the South Shore for work in Illinois is a grind. It takes two hours door to door to commute between Chesterton and Chicago, each way, or 20 hours per week.

Money would be better spent making the current train faster than expanding the train at great expense.

Expanding the train also reduces the location value of homes near the train, and promotes urban sprawl. Expanding the train will not bring additional income taxes to Indiana because the reciprocity agreement between Indiana and Illinois expired years ago. Income taxes paid in Illinois, stay in Illinois.

Moody's Analytical has Illinois dead last nationally in job production for 2014, and Illinois has struggled financially in the last several years with a pension crisis, debt crisis and a 2011 tax increase.

Indiana would do better producing its own jobs close to home, and saying no to train expansion.

- Anne Gavagan, Chesterton

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