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.

Indiana’s part-time state legislature, unlike the U.S. Congress, allows representatives and senators to spend the majority of the calendar year in their districts. This allows legislators to maintain a closer connection with their constituents and better serve their communities.

During the period in between legislative sessions the General Assembly selects several policy topics for further review to help support the development of future legislation. These topics are usually complex and...

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Members of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission and representatives from Weigand Construction, Hoch Associates and Ash Brokerage recently joined me to cut the ribbon on the Skyline Garage.

The garage is now open to the general public. The 1,077-space parking garage will also serve employees of Ash Brokerage, residents of the Skyline Tower to be built by Great Lakes Capital, and other retail and commercial tenants in the Ash Skyline Plaza.

In addition to being a state-of-the-art parking...

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In this year of 2016, the state of Indiana’s two hundredth birthday, I have been thinking a lot about history and about how knowing history can really give a better perspective on things. I think about my own family’s history here in Indiana, and I think their experiences had a lot to do with how I feel about education and my work ethic.

My great-great uncles migrated to Indiana from Southern Alabama in 1915, a time when many African-American families were moving north to find better...

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Memorial Day is right around the corner – a holiday providing extra time with family and friends, outdoor barbeques and the unofficial start of summer in the Hoosier state.

But most importantly, we must use this day to pause and reflect, and remember the veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom and way of life.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, honors the men and women who died defending our country. It became an official federal holiday in...

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For the third year in a row, the City of Fort Wayne will see record investments in street, sidewalk, ADA ramp and trail upgrades. Our aggressive commitment to neighborhood improvements will result in 500 projects being completed in 2016.

More than $25 million will go to neighborhood infrastructure enhancements. In the past three years, we’ve committed more than $75 million in neighborhood public works improvements.

The road, street and trail construction projects will help to support...

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Each of us controls what we prioritize in life. A top priority for all of us should be ensuring that our basic necessities are being met. Basic necessities, according to the Indiana law that governs Township Trustee services, include such things as food, shelter, essential utilities, needed household items, clothing and footwear, and medical care. When an individual applies to us for assistance, all members of the household must show how their recent income has been expended. We expect clients...

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