January 22, 2019
The hard work of the 86th Legislature started today.
Last week, the Lt. Governor, as presiding officer of the Senate, appointed committees, and I’m pleased to be on the Senate Finance Committee for a third session.
The Finance Committee creates the Senate version of the state budget and that’s a big task. Over the next several weeks, we’ll get testimony from every state agency about their needs. We’ll also hear from members of the public who care about a particular state service or program and want the state to invest. If you want to share your thoughts on how the state is spending your money, look here for the schedule of committee hearings.
I was also appointed to the Senate Education Committee. This will be the first session for me to be on this committee, but it’s at just the right time since there’s so much discussion and hope that the Legislature will do right by our education system. We’re finally having an adult conversation about school finance and property taxes, and it’s great to be on the Education and Finance committees at the same time.
I’ll remain on Higher Education, which is one of my passions, and important as the hometown senator for that local college up the street. I’m Vice-chair of the Nominations Committee. This important committee takes up the Senate’s constitutional obligation of advice and consent on the Governor’s appointments to the governing bodies of all state agencies.
Here we go.