Gail Riecken Comments About Ivy Tech Not Being Included In New IU Medical School…

first_imgCCO State House Editor Gail Riecken Writes About “Rest Of The Story”Senator Kenley, one of the most influential members on the Appropriations Committee officially retired from the State Senate on September 30,2017Recently Victoria Spartz, Noblesville, was formally sworn in as the new State Senator to replace him. From what I have read about Senator Spartz she will be a dedicated member of the Indiana State Senate.Allow me to take advantage of this opportunity to talk about one legislative decision that State Senator Kenley made during his final years in office.i will use this as an example of what can trigger a position with a legislator that is often not public and maybe not specific to the issue. We could call it “the rest of the story”.I am speaking of Senator Kenley’s decision that he made a few years ago that punished Ivy Tech statewide, for not resolving some internal leadership problems that he had with the school. As an influential member of the State Senate Appropriations Committee he decided to oppose any new funding for capital improvements for Ivy Tech during a two year budget cycle, until the issues of low graduation and poor job placement rates were resolved to his satisfaction.This decision not only hurt Ivy Tech statewide, but particularly hurt us in Evansville.  Ivy Tech-Evansville lost it’s funding to be an important part of the new IU Medical School-Evansville project, as originally proposed by the State legislator.  In fact, because Ivy Tech-Evansville was being touted as a crucial component to the approval of the newly proposed IU Medical School-Evansville it helped to justify the spending of $55 million dollars of local tax dollars to bring this project to shall always be interesting to me just how frustrated the Senator must have felt to let the failings of Ivy Tech statewide potentially hurt the future of so many Ivy Tech-Evansville  medical students. I will admit, though, I did see his frustration, when visiting with him to confirm his intentions.Maybe you have heard the saying that bill making is like sausage making. It is messy and often unappetizing to watch. But, understand, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t know what’s in the sausage.There were often reasons behind decisions that were made in the legislature, when I was there, that weren’t privy to all of us. As a legislator it served you well to find out what they were. And, the Ivy Tech matter, it is just one I was thinking of when reading about the State Senator Spartz appointment.Gail RieckenCCO State House EditorEditor Footnote:  Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that IVY TECH medical students should be allowed to be a part of the new IU Medical school-Evansville? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]last_img

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