Ask The Mayor: Frankfort's Chris McBarnes Says Lawmakers Must Derail Train Companies

May 17, 2018

The mayor says train companies' money talks more than local lobbying does in the Indiana General Assembly.
Credit City of Frankfort

The City of Frankfort has attracted some large employers in recent years, but still struggles to find college-educated employees to fill high-wage jobs.

So the city is taking a page out of the book of another Indiana municipality and offering grants to people who want to buy homes in the city.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes about whether the city can find the cash to increase the grant amounts and whether the city budget should even be used in such a way, when there’s little cash to spare anyhow.

Also on this week’s show, train trouble. Frankfort residents are fed up with trains blocking traffic, just as they do in a number of Indiana communities. So why aren’t the railroads any more responsive? Is there even anything cities can do to force the railroads to act?