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Local Government Forums Blanket State

In 2007, a bi-partisan panel appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels delivered 27 recommendations for redesigning local government in Indiana. Some of those recommendations have been watered down and are now facing an uncertain future in the state legislature. This month, a series of community forums on local government reform aim to engage the public, and possibly drum up support. forums on local government reform have two primary purposes: to inform citizens on possible changes to local government structure, and to present citizen input to the legislature. The first two workshops are next week in Jasper and in Evansville. Others will follow in Elkhart, Greensburg, and Madison County. At the Evansville session, former Governor Joe Kernan will argue in favor of local government reform, while Gibson County Councilman and past president of the Indiana County Council Association Tony Wolf will offer the opposing viewpoint. Along with a panel of city, township, and county government officials, an Indiana University historian will provide an overview of how the current system of local government developed. The Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University, which developed the regional workshops with the Indiana Humanities Council, will summarize the daylong sessions and present them to the legislature…so lawmakers can consider citizen voices as they vote on reform measures.
-courtesy member station WNIN in Evansville

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