Column: Corporate welfare alive, well in some Indiana cities

It turns out that giving away tax dollars to people to throw at failing ventures and then doing little, if anything, to retrieve the money once it has been tossed away with little scrutiny is not a habit of just our city’s administration.

Attorney and blogger Paul Ogden has posted a piece at his site “Ogden on Politics” in which he names several city chief executives trying perpetually to pick business winners and losers with the help of public money — Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard being near the top on his list.

But the state capital’s mayor has company, he says. Other mayors include Carmel Mayor James Brainard, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook and Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold.

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