Columbus Blue Jackets Need Bailout!

The owners of the money-losing Columbus Blue Jackets want a tax increase on beer, wine and cigarettes to underwrite a county takeover of the arena where they play.

Such a move would defy the will of local voters who repeatedly rejected public financing of the facility built by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

Get the full story from our newspaper affiliate, Business First

The prospect of significant tax hikes also has touched off a battle between financial backers of the Blue Jackets and beer brewer Anheuser-Busch, which operates one of its 12 U.S. breweries in the city.

The company’s president flew to Columbus on Thursday for meetings with Gov. Ted Strickland and leaders of the Ohio Legislature. The team wants the proposal inserted into the budget that starts July 1.

This news comes just days after Mayor Michael Coleman  announced that 297 police officers will be laid off if the voters do not pass his proposed tax increases.   Among those to be laid off will be the 25 officers President Obama used in his photo op. to sell everybody on his spending package. 
The only thing this administration is capable of doing is tax and spend.  We may have to wait until 2012 for our stimulation!

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