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.

Greetings! Hopefully the mild weather has continued until the day you happen to be reading this column! With all due respect to the snow lovers out there it is enjoyable to see the signs of spring which appear to be coming early this year. This time of the year is also important for several reasons other than the weather including the arrival of the season of "March Madness". While the mens' state basketball tournament hasn't yet begun at the time I write these words the women's tournament has...

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March 15, 2002 marks the end of the Energy Assistance Program's six months moratorium, which means that utility companies can disconnect service to those who have been unable to pay their bills. Last year, as we all remember, was a time of unusually high heating costs. More citizens than usual couldn't make ends meet as a result. Community resources from benevolent organizations were strained, and community leaders faced a true crisis.

Because of the emergency situations, I formed the...

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By the time you read this article, there will likely be less than two weeks left in the 2002 legislative session. In that time, we will be expected to come up with a plan that has the potential to be the biggest change in the Indiana tax code in a century or more. All this in a session that is only about ten weeks in length. Does it make you nervous? It should.

What am I talking about? By now, most people know that the Governor and Lt. Governor have come up with a major tax proposal that they...

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The City of Fort Wayne's crime rate in 2001 was the third lowest total in the city during the past 20 years. Our crime rate has remained stable for the last three years. This is evidence that what we are doing as a community is working.

In the southwest quadrant, the number of crimes increased 0.03 percent. Robberies accounted for virtually all of the increase. We saw reductions in rapes, assaults, larcenies, vehicle thefts and arsons. Deputy Chief Doug Lucker and his officers understand...

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This will be a short article this week, since it is being written in Indianapolis in the evening during a fairly busy time. The Governor's tax bill has now passed out of the House of Representatives, though by the narrowest of margins (51-47). The bill needed 51 votes to pass, and did so only when one Republican, Dean Young, crossed over to support the bill. His reasoning: he supports property tax reform, and the only way to see that occur this year was to get the bill over to the Senate to...

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The City of Fort Wayne is working with Chemical Waste Management of Indiana for the transfer of up to 380 acres of land on the east side of Adams Center Road to a group such as the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance.

The reason for the transfer is to make low cost or free land available for industrial development. The land is within Fort Wayne City limits.

During tough times like these, it is important that we put aside unproductive disagreements from the past and move...

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