“The perils of Municipal Broadband, Prop B and Lucas, Texas”

Part 1 of conversation with Chip Baltimore of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. 

This is the first part of our conversation with Chip Baltimore, Senior Fellow with the TPA.

In this clip, Chip shares his background, information about the TPA and also touches on the tactics used by consultants to sell cities on the idea of building a municipal internet business. And he definitely does mention the term “Unicorns and Rainbows”. 


Part 2 is coming soon.


More about Chip Baltimore and the TPA (https://www.protectingtaxpayers.org/about/):

Chip Baltimore is a former four-term state representative from Iowa, having spent more than five years as Chair of the Iowa House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, and spent time as Vice Chair of the Commerce and Government Oversight committees. During his eight years of public service, he also served on the Economic Growth, Local Government, Ways and Means, State Government, and Agricultural committees.  Throughout his tenure in the legislature, he focused on making government more effective and cost-efficient for taxpayers.

In the private sector, Baltimore was employed as general counsel with a publicly-traded financial services organization for 13 years.  Previously, he was in private legal practice for 14 years, representing clients of all types, from individuals to Fortune 500 companies.

Baltimore has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in finance from Iowa State University, and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota.  He is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Missouri, as well as the federal Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa.

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a non-profit non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy. TPA, through its network of taxpayers will hold politicians accountable for the effects of their policies on the size, scope, efficiency and activity of government and offer real solutions to runaway deficits and debt. Through blogs, commentaries, and special spending alerts, TPA will publish timely exposés of government waste, fraud, and abuse.  Recognizing the importance of reaching people through traditional and new media, TPA will utilize use blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and user generated videos to reach out to taxpayers and government officials. Ultimately recognizing that the greatest power of change rests with the millions of Americans across the country who are ready for a smaller more accountable government, TPA will be a catalyst for connecting taxpayers to their elected and non-elected officials.


Additional Resources

For additional information on PROP B and risks Lucas taxpayers need to know, see the article:
“Risks Lucas Taxpayers Need To Know About Prop B: The Vanity Internet Project”

For a 3rd part independent review of the Magellan Feasibility study which is the foundation of PROP B, see the article:
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Weighs in with Negative Review of Magellan’s Study