Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. The 105-day regular legislative session ended today. Unfortunately, the Legislature did not finish its work. A special session will begin on May 13 to finish the most important budget bills that set our state’s priorities for the next two years.
With plenty of time to spare, the Senate passed a truly bipartisan operating budget that spends $1 billion more on K-12 education than the last budget, for a total of $15.2 billion during the period 2013-1015, and preserves the safety net for the most vulnerable — without raising taxes. The Senate wisely did not want to raise taxes on small businesses and individuals at a time when job creators are still trying to recover from the worst recession in generations. On the other hand, the majority party in the House, and the governor, are demanding that hundreds of millions in new revenue be raised from the private sector to pay for things other than K-12 education. This difference is the principal reason a special session is required.
I will provide you with a more detailed legislative update – including the status of negotiations on the state budget — during my telephone town hall May 2. The call-in details are below. If you can’t participate in the call, please call or e-mail me with your questions and feedback.
Join my telephone town hall Thursday, May 2
I want to invite you to participate in an hour-long telephone town hall on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. To take part in the call, 28th District residents can dial in toll-free 1-800-759-5308. The phone line will open shortly before the call begins.
At the start of the discussion, I will give you a brief update on the 2013 legislative session, including the state operating budget, and then open the call up for questions and comments. If you would like to ask a question, simply press the star (*) key on your telephone.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.