The Coalition for a Better Fort Wayne released the following regarding Indiana Senator David Long’s suggestions to fellow legislators:
Fort Wayne Coalition Praises Recent Senate Activity
Today, the Coalition for a Better Fort Wayne announces its appreciation towards the initiatives of Senator David Long. Long, the President Protempore of the Indiana State Senate urged fellow lawmakers to remain focused on the development of a new state budget and moved to take gambling issues off the agenda so the budget can be the sole focus of the legislative session.
The actions of Senator Long have not gone unnoticed in his home community. John F. Popp, Chairman of the Coalition for a Better Fort Wayne praised Long, stating “the stand made by David Long yesterday is not only wise in terms of developing a budget, but also in recognizing that the gambling issue is indeed worthy of its own debate – unfettered by the state budget debates. Without the distraction of the gambling issue, a new budget can be created which focuses solely on the needs of the state.”
Senator Long remains focused on separating the issues of budget and gambling. As the Indianapolis Business Journal reported yesterday, “the Fort Wayne Republican said gambling issues would be distracting in the special session and should be sent instead to a study commission for review later. Lawmakers still hope to find a solution for Indianapolis’ cash-strapped stadium agency in the special session, however. Long says that issue could be considered if it’s included in the budget bill and does not include gambling.”
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