Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Today is the first day of the scheduled 60-day legislative session. We still have a $1.5 billion shortfall that must be balanced, and more than 303,000 people looking for work in our state. Listen to this program regarding budget priorities and my goals for this year. We will be creating a podcast channel with audio clips like this you can follow through my Web site and iTunes. I'll keep you updated when that is set up so you can follow throughout the session.
In the House committees I serve on (Ways and Means, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education, and General Government Appropriations), I will be asking difficult questions of state agencies. If you have questions you want me to ask, please send them to me. One of the things I enjoy most about public hearings is challenging the status quo in government; if I can do that with your questions, that makes me even more effective.
I am currently working on a few pieces of legislation to increase transparency in government and address land use issues. We must have sound, peer-reviewed research that is provided to the state in order to assist in making decisions that affect generations to come. Government should be working for private land owners, not the other way around. Once these proposals are drafted, I will send you the information so you can read the bills and provide comments.
As always, I hope you will contact my office with any questions or concerns, and forward this e-mail to friends and family so they can stay informed about the Legislature as well.
It's an honor to serve you.