Press Editorial

March 8, 2011

By Staff

Legislators need your input more than ever

State representatives will be more approachable than ever this Saturday, March 12. Constituents from both the 5th and 41st legislative districts might want to save the date for a face-to-face opportunity to share views about reduced services and possible fees now before the Legislature.

Your representatives are prepared to hear from you about increased classroom sizes in public schools, benefit changes for state employees, reduced road maintenance, tolling of the two Lake Washington bridges, user fees/permits for state parks, increases in college tuition, a proposed new tax district to pay for ferries, closure of mental health facilities, loss of state sponsored health insurance for children and myriad other issues heavy on your mind.

Hearing from the voters is what will help drive the tough decisions legislators are contemplating now to address a $4.6 billion deficit in the 2011-13 state budget.

State Sen. Steve Litzow, Rep. Judy Clibborn and Rep. Marcie Maxwell from the 41st District will be available at 10 a.m. in Newcastle at Hazelwood Elementary School. The 41st District includes Cougar Mountain neighborhoods.

The 5th Legislative District delegation, including Sen. Cheryl Pflug, Rep. Jay Rodne and Rep. Glenn Anderson, will host a town hall meeting from noon to 1 p.m. at Issaquah City Hall. The 5th District includes most of Issaquah and other cities east.

Spending an hour with your state representative may be your best shot at getting your point across, loud and clear. No need to drive to Olympia or be lost among the e-mail messages. This is the time for up close and personal.

Your state representatives will be there. Will you?

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