Regionally Speaking, Monday, October 26, 2020

Oct 26, 2020

Highland town clerk-treasurer and government budget and financial expert Michael Griffin is on "Regionally Speaking" to talk at length about the plans by Lake County government to change the way that purchasing and some services like data processing is handled. The Lake County Council enacted an ordinance that would look to an 1980's state law that gave the Council that authority over the County Commissioners.
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Today:   Municipal government finances expert and Highland town clerk-treasurer Michael Giriffin is with us for an extensive conversation about the background and the issues surrounding the Lake County Council efforts to shift purchasing and IT expenses from the County Commissioners over to the Council.  It's an issue dealing with "home rule" that dates back into the 1980s, and may have to worked out between the two government bodies.  We also have Chuck Harris, the board president, and executive director Dawn Pelc, with the Porter County Substance Abuse Council about the organization's efforts to reduce the number of former jail inmates coming back behind bars because of drug-related crimes.  Many of those who return to jail don't have the education and skills to find meaningful jobs in the community, and the PCSAC works with other groups to resolve the issues with things like education, jobs and family assistance.