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Councilmen Jason Arp and John Crawford are introducing a bill during Tuesday's city council meeting limiting how much a company wanting to do work with the city can contribute to a campaign.

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017 10:41 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Fort Wayne's city council is considering ending "Pay to Play" contracts.

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Councilmen Jason Arp and John Crawford are introducing a bill during Tuesday's city council meeting limiting how much a company wanting to do work with the city can contribute to a campaign.

Arp said this comes from an Indiana Policy Review study showing mayor Tom Henry's campaign received about 2/3 of his contributions from contracts.

He said this proposal would help give people a larger voice in Fort Wayne politics.

"I think most people would expect that the voters, the constituents right here in Fort Wayne ought to have a bigger say in their government than people that are looking for contracts with the city," said Arp.

Arp said this won't change how the city does business or even who does business with the city.

Instead, people will notice a difference in campaign contributions.

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