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.

I recently announced that eight local businesses are recipients of 2015 Commercial Façade Grants to improve their properties. This year's awardees will receive approximately $218,000 in City funding and have pledged to contribute just over $685,000 in private investment to do everything from installing new windows to creating more attractive roof lines.

This program is good for local businesses and neighborhoods. It helps businesses improve their properties and attract customers, while at the...

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Recently I have written about basic necessities and how, in Indiana, the township trustee can help people who are not able to meet their families' basic needs of food, clothing or shelter. In one column, I discussed our Food Pantry and in another our Clothing Emporium. Today I'd like to talk about how our office helps those in need of shelter.

You may think of shelter as just a roof over your head to keep the rain off, but it is actually a roof and walls plus the means to keep the place...

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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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