Northeast Indiana commissioners, mayors, announce legislative priorities

Nelson Peters

The Mayors’ and Commissioners’ Caucus of Northeast Indiana, convened by the 11-county Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, has announced its 2018 legislative agenda.

Priorities include:

1. Home rule: The caucus supports the strengthening of local decision-making authority in regard to the food and beverage and innkeepers taxes; community mental health center designation; housing blight and remediation and short-term rental contracts.

2. Public health and safety: Initiatives include aid in the reduction of opioid dependence and overdoses; support expanded funding of bricks and mortar for alternative sentencing programs; support clarification and enforcement of Indiana code and administrative rules.

3. Workforce development: The caucus supports proposals to encourage strong development and aggressive growth of Northeast Indiana’s labor force.

4. Infrastructure development: The caucus supports policies that provide opportunities to continue the expansion and development of infrastructure, including sewer and water, roads and bridges, broadband, high-speed rail and regional bus transit.

The Caucus meets regularly to address economic development issues, legislative advocacy and other matters of common concern. Focuses include improving the region’s interstate accessibility and streamlined permitting and zoning processes.

“The legislative agenda is the bold plan we need to progress our communities forward. Our agenda positions the region to leverage state resources to help develop a skilled workforce while also expanding our infrastructure improvements and investing in public health. We are determined to expand our economic climate and compete for new business and attract talent,” said Nelson Peters, Allen County Commissioner and chair of the Mayors’ and Commissioners’ Caucus’ Policy Committee.

To learn more about the Mayors’ and Commissioners’ Caucus, visit the Regional Partnership’s website at