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Two chances today to tell state lawmakers what you think

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 4, 2012 at 10:09 am |
January 28, 2013 6:28 pm

One event is being held by a House Democrat from Tacoma, Laurie Jinkins, the other by a Senate Republican from Lakewood, Mike Carrell.

Jinkins’ community forum is at 6 p.m. at Tacoma Community College. Carrell is holding his forum by teleconference at 7 p.m.

Details:

Community forum on how to fund education, health care and jobs

WHO

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma (27th Legislative District)

WHAT

Back on Track: Investing in our Values to Rebuild Washington

A community forum about how we can meet the challenges of investing in education, health care and economic development for a growing population of Washington citizens.

The deep economic recession and our outdated revenue system present major barriers to our long-term prosperity. How can we fund education, healthcare, and things that make Washington a great state to live, work and raise a family?

WHEN

6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012

WHERE

Student Center Building No. 11

Tacoma Community College

6501 S.19th St., Tacoma

WHY

Join local organizations and your neighbors for an important community discussion about the challenges we face — and ideas for improving our revenue system to make it more adequate, fair and stable.

The legislative session starts Jan. 14. Here’s details on Carrell’s call:

Tell state government what you think at telephone town hall meeting

28th District State Sen. Mike Carrell to host live, hour-long community conversation

OLYMPIA… Don’t miss your chance to connect with Washington State Sen. Mike Carrell at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Carrell plans to call thousands of households around the 28th Legislative District with an invitation to participate in a live, interactive telephone town hall meeting. During the hour-long event, participants can ask questions of Carrell, provide feedback on state and local issues, and learn more about the upcoming 2013 legislative session.

Only those with landlines will receive a phone call, so residents wanting to participate via cell phone or from somewhere other than their home must call toll-free 1-877-229-8493 and enter the access code 15388. The lines will be active about 10 minutes before the town hall begins.

“I’ve been holding these community conversations for a few years now and the feedback I keep getting is overwhelmingly positive,” said Carrell, R-Lakewood. “These teleforums are clearly an effective method of communicating with district residents and I intend to hold several more in 2013. I hope everyone can join in and provide me with their thoughts as we approach what looks to be another difficult budget year.”

Carrell added that not only are telephone town hall meetings like these a bargain for taxpayers, they are convenient as callers can participate from the comfort of their own homes.

Carrell was re-elected to the state Senate in November and will be sworn in for his third four-year term in early January.

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