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.

DAN LEONARD FOR STATE REP.  HOUSE DISTRICT 50

The 2017 session of the General Assembly in Indiana is quickly approaching.   This session is usually described as a “long session”.   The Bi-annual budget for the state is crafted during a long session.  In 2015 (the last budget cycle) the State of Indiana passed a $31 billion bi-annual budget (that’s $31,000,000,000.00). Legislator from around the State of Indiana will meet in Indianapolis in early January and be in session through the end of April.  During that time they wade through...

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As Americans, it is important to honor our military service men and women who have made great sacrifices to defend our country’s freedom.

While we owe this debt of gratitude each and every day, Veterans Day provides a special opportunity each year to show our support for those individuals who have selflessly served our country.

The history of Veterans Day goes back to November 11, 1918, when a cease-fire between Allied nations and Germany marked the end the World War I. This event is known as...

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I’m encouraged by the beginning of construction on the $40 million Skyline Tower project in downtown Fort Wayne. The mixed-use development, led by Great Lakes Capital, a real estate private equity firm with offices in Fort Wayne and South Bend, features apartments and office and retail space along Wayne and Webster streets in downtown.

The project consists of 124 apartments, as well as retail and office space totaling 170,000 square feet. Retail, featuring a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, will be...

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On October 21 the Wayne Township Trustee Office participated in the annual Stand Down event held at the Volunteers of America-Richard Lugar Safe Haven for Veterans on Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne. It was a crisp fall day and a little cold working our booth outside and under a tent, but it was a good experience nonetheless. After all, many of the veterans passing through who use Safe Haven’s services have themselves been homeless and have experienced much harsher weather on a daily...

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently announced the official launch of the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship for high-achieving students pursuing a career in education.

This scholarship program was established by House Enrolled Act 1002, which passed with my support during the General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session.

The program makes 200 scholarships available for candidates who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees.

These...

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The Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD) is taking proactive steps to address chronic problem properties (CPP) in the City of Fort Wayne.

A new ordinance has been introduced that would help public safety personnel reduce repeat nuisance calls for service at problem properties. The effort is designed to enhance public safety efforts to keep the community as safe as possible.

The ordinance contains residential and commercial categories. If there are five or more valid complaints or citations in...

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