Democratic legislative leaders say Governor Mike Pence’s State of the State address was tepid, lacked bold ideas and serious solutions to the state’s problems.
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says that if Mike Pence believes a governor should do little, he’s succeeding. Pelath says Pence’s solutions lack a seriousness that the state’s problems demand, calling them small, symbolic measures that create the illusion of addressing issues.
The West Lafayette Redevelopment Commission has a spending plan for 2014 that totals nearly $4 million. The money comes from tax increment financing (TIF) districts.
Commission president Larry Oates says there are significant projects included in the plan, specifically road work. That includes work on Cumberland Avenue, Happy Hollow Road and the intersection of Salisbury and Navajo.
“And we will take Northwestern Avenue now from a state highway, since it’s been turned over to the city, and make it much more pedestrian and citizen friendly.”
Governor Mike Pence says Indiana needs to help its cities invest a billion dollars over the next decade to make themselves more attractive to businesses and talent. He is calling it his “billion dollar cities” plan.
Pence says young professionals are increasingly deciding where they want to live before looking for a job, meaning it’s become more important for Indiana’s mid-size cities to improve what he calls “quality of place.” And Pence says that covers a wide range of issues.
The first phase of updating Loeb Stadium in Lafayette will begin soon.
The Park Board awarded contracts totaling $272,000 to Kettelhut Construction. Work includes building a new locker room off the right field side, where the grandstands were. Funding comes from the tax increment financing (TIF) district.
Senior Project Manager Alex Gonzalez says that project will be done over the winter.
The Indiana Secretary of State’s office is sending checks to 27 school corporations after the state finalized a settlement with the Indiana State Teachers Association. Delphi Community Schools will receive $590,303.35 from the legal action.
The settlement ends a lawsuit surrounding the union’s failed health insurance fund. It filed four years ago over a medical plan ISTA offered to teachers and school employees. The state argues the funds were improperly used on risky investments and to pay off long-term disability claims.