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Indy Mayor Gives First State Of The City Address

Last updated on Thursday, April 10, 2008

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard gave his vision for the city in his first state of the city address at union station.

The mayor focused on the issues from his election campaign 100 days ago: combating crime, improving education and reducing the cost of government.

With several members of the state legislature sitting in the front row, he hinted at getting state approval to allow Marion County to finish the job of consolidation. Mayor Ballard says he will make budget reviews public as well as city employee performance measurements.

The mayor also plans to expand the sister-city program which he said hadn't been very active. He plans to use it as an economic development and cultural tool to improve the city's worldwide reputation. Crime and fiscal issues dominated Ballard's campaign and were prominent in his address.

The Indianapolis mayor scored two legislative victories on crime and fiscal issues in his first 100 days in office. He won city-county council approval to wrest control of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department away from Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson, and got help from the general assembly on police and fire pensions.

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