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.

Because of Indiana’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and strong budget reserves, Hoosier employers will be relieved of a burdensome tax on hiring next year.

During the height of the Great Recession, most states across the nation relied on millions of dollars in federal loans to pay unemployment benefits to citizens who had lost their jobs­­. Indiana was no exception.

Facing a flood of unemployment claims, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) needed $2.2 billion in...

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Each morning as I walk through our lobby greeting clients, I see a wide range of emotions. Some people are showing the stress of the hard circumstances that have brought them to our office. Others, who have been rolling with the punches for awhile, carry a tougher exterior. But just as often I will be taken aback as I talk with someone whose voice and demeanor tell me that, despite hard times, this person is glad to be alive. They have a softness and a quiet cheerfulness that seems contrary to...

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Traffic light/signal improvements
You may have noticed new traffic signals with black backgrounds popping up in Fort Wayne as 3,000 traffic signal heads at 320 intersections in Fort Wayne, New Haven and other parts of Allen County will have the new look, which makes the lights easier to see during a sunny day.

The new LED lighting fixtures are replacing existing LEDs that are at the end of their lifespan. The lights are the new safety standard from the Federal Highway Administration...

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On Tuesday, November 17, the Indiana General Assembly will convene at the Statehouse for the ceremonial start of the 2016 legislative session. “Organization Day,” as it’s commonly referred to, provides legislators an opportunity to meet with fellow lawmakers and staff, and begin discussing legislative topics.

The 2016 session will reconvene in January and by law, must end no later than March 14. Lawmakers will be working together to address several key issues, including:
·Supporting Indiana...

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Applications for the City’s 2016 Commercial Façade Grant program are now available. I introduced the program eight years ago to provide local businesses the opportunity to apply for matching grants to improve the exteriors of their buildings.

The program makes funds available to businesses in the core of the City in areas designated as Economic Development Target Areas, or EDTAs. Business corridors along Wells, State, Calhoun and Taylor streets, as well as Broadway, are all located in EDTAs...

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Another Veterans Day is just around the corner, and while our soldiers, both past and present, are never far from my mind, at this time of year I especially think about all that it means to serve our country in the military. Here at the Wayne Township Trustee office there are several people on staff who have served, and many of the folks we work with each day have a military background. We all have some connection with folks who have served, whether in our family or in our circle of friends. So...

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