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.

Over the last decade, Indiana has emerged as a national leader in fiscal management and economic growth. We take pride in our common-sense budgeting and economic policies that attract top businesses who hire hard-working Hoosiers.

Our record for maintaining a balanced budget has helped Indiana hold a AAA credit rating from all three major credit rating agencies – Standard and Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch – since April 2010. Indiana has also been ranked best in the Midwest for our business tax...

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The Legacy Joint Funding Committee recently approved a request of $10 million in Legacy funding to assist with the construction investment for the first phase of riverfront development.

The nine-member committee is responsible for reviewing requests for Legacy funding. The committee is comprised of three members of my administration, three members of City Council, and three citizen members.

The funding request now is with City Council for their consideration.

The projected construction...

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At this time of year many of you are thinking more about doing for others—with shopping, decorating, baking—than about attending to yourselves. I would like to revisit a past column on this subject, because I think it’s important to remind everyone to keep tabs on your personal well-being as you get ready for the holidays, the colder weather and the shorter days of winter.

Most of us are aware that we should eat right, exercise regularly; get plenty of sleep, not smoke or use tobacco, not...

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The Indiana General Assembly will convene for the ceremonial start of the 2017 legislative session on Tuesday, November 22 at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.

“Organization Day,” as it is commonly referred to, gives new and returning legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff to discuss upcoming topics and prepare for the months ahead. It is also the day new and re-elected Senators and Representatives will be sworn into office.

The General Assembly alternates between...

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It was recently announced that City of Fort Wayne Director of Public Safety Rusty York will retire effective December 1.

Rusty has served as director of public safety since January 2014. He served as police chief from 2000-2014. Rusty has 39 years of public safety experience.

As director of public safety, Rusty oversees the Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne Fire Department and Animal Care & Control Department and is responsible for reviewing and ensuring that staffing levels in the...

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Some years ago I had the opportunity to become a foster parent to four young children, three of whom were still in diapers. Before they could come home with us, my wife and I were required by Child Protective Services to take a First Aid/CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) course that taught us what to do for a child in an emergency. It was a very interesting course, and I was glad to be learning new skills that might help a child in distress. But—and maybe this was wishful thinking—I really...

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