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Opening Arguments

Consolidation two-step

Consolidation efforts are moving forward in Evansville and Vanderburgh County, but with a plan not all supporters are in favor of. Instead of a single referendum, the area's legislative delegation favors introducing a bill in the General Assembly that would authorize two consecutive referendums. If the first referendum, approving of the consolidation in general, passes, there would be a second referendum to vote on a specific consolidation plan. Some consolidation proponents say this will give them twice the work and give opponents two chances to defeat them.

Given the big changes consolidation would bring, this isn't the worst way to do it I can think of. Opponents should have every chance to make their case. And at least the effort is still moving forward. The people who've been exploring it here are still in the study-and-think-it-to-death phase.