January 13, 2017
We’ve got so much to talk about. I hope you join me from the comfort of your home on Jan. 18th at 7PM for a Tele-town hall. Click here to participate.
Even before the 85th Legislature started on Tuesday, we got a preview (sort of a confirmation) on Monday of the challenges to come:
The estimate shows the state will have about $4 billion less than it needs to maintain to current level of services, given population growth and inflation. That shortfall is largely the fault of some short-sighted decisions by the Legislature in 2015 to cut the franchise tax and dedicate sales tax dollars to transportation.
How will those in control of the Capitol close that gap? Will they tap the $12 billion available in the rainy day fund? Will they cut school funding? Will they ignore the retired teachers’ need for additional help paying for healthcare?
But wait. There’s more. A whole lot more.
I’d love to talk to you about all of the issues, and next week we’ll have that chance.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, I’m hosting a tele-town hall at 7 p.m. In other words, I’m hosting sort of a large conference call where I’ll tell you about what happened this week, what I think we can expect and I’ll take your questions.
If you want to join the conversation, click here and fill out the form to request that we include you in the tele town hall. You’ll receive a call to the number you provide at 7PMon Jan. 18th. I need you to sign up using the form so I have your permission to call on whatever number you provide.
We’ll try to get to as many people as we can. I hope you’ll participate. It should be a good opportunity to discuss the topics we all care about.