Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard spent Monday in Washington D.C participating in events as part of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The effort is designed to help young men, specifically ones of color, stay on the right track and close opportunity gaps.
Marion County is required to count its absentee ballots at a central location. The mandate was handed down from the state legislature last year, but only applies to Marion County. Wednesday, Clerk Beth White outlined what that it meant for the county in May and what it means going forward
State Senator Jim Banks, a Naval Reserve officer, is being deployed to Afghanistan this fall and will miss the entire 2015 legislative session. He will use a provision in state law to take a temporary leave from his seat rather than resign.
State Senator Jim Merritt says he’s going to push for legislation next session that would dramatically increase penalty enhancements for criminals that use a gun. He says it’s a response to what he calls a “crisis” in Indiana’s urban areas.
City County Council Democrats are offering a counter to Mayor Ballard’s $300 million plan to fix roads, sidewalks and greenways. President Maggie Lewis calls the Democrat proposal more fiscally responsible and thinks it will ultimately help establish some middle ground.