Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

Lawmakers frequently hear from parents and educators that too much time is spent on testing in our schools.

This concern was highlighted earlier this year when the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) unexpectedly announced that the spring ISTEP test would take students as long as 12 hours or more to complete.

State leaders were able to work together to successfully shorten this year's test, but the lesson was clear: reform is needed.

I am a strong supporter of school accountability, but I...

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Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann recently visited Fort Wayne and joined me to provide an update on the Indiana Hardest Hit Blight Elimination Program (BEP).

The City of Fort Wayne is a participant in the program and has been awarded over $7 million to help stabilize neighborhoods by demolishing and redeveloping more than 300 abandoned homes.

Demolition work has started on several properties throughout the City and neighborhood associations are helping us determine what happens with the...

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I feel strongly that education is the key to solving the problem of poverty. That is why, three years ago, we created the Recognizing Achievement Scholarship. At our annual Holiday Celebration back in December 2014 we began handing out applications for this year's scholarships of $500 that we award to students who can demonstrate their potential by showing that they have put effort into improving and achieving academically.

We awarded two Recognizing Achievement Scholarships our first year...

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The second half of the legislative session is in full swing at the Indiana Statehouse. At this point, all 174 bills passed by the House during the first half are now in the hands of the Senate, and the 220 bills passed by the Senate have been sent to the House. Three of the major House bills that the Senate will take up in the coming weeks are House Bill 1001, House Bill 1002 and House Bill 1003.

Every two years, members of the General Assembly are responsible for crafting a new state budget...

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I recently voiced my support for proposed legislation that would assist with transportation needs for children in the Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) district.

A portion of Senate Bill 478, which is under consideration in the Indiana General Assembly, would allow a redevelopment commission to provide revenue to a school corporation's transportation fund from property tax proceeds allocated to the redevelopment commission in a tax increment financing (TIF) allocation area.

The bill also...

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As I write this the temperature outside is 10 degrees Fahrenheit. It's another cold day in a long, hard winter. But I'm smiling because, by the time you read this, spring will be in the air. I can hardly wait, though along with the sunny warmth comes new weather challenges, like windy storms and potential floods from the melting snow. Ah, you've got to love our Indiana weather!

We are now leaving the winter heating season (when the number of house fires is highest) to enter the spring storm...

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