Tuesday, May 12, 2009

District 29 Legislators Invite Public to Tucson Town Hall

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Linda Lopez, Rep. Matt Heinz and Rep. Daniel Patterson invite the public to a town hall on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, Ariz.

Where: Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, Ariz.
When: Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

“It is very important for me to be able to hear from my constituents so I can continue to help represent their interests as we continue in legislative session and the budget process,” said Sen. Linda Lopez, Democratic Whip. “We still do not have a finalized state budget for the fiscal year that begins in less than 60 days. This means that many entities funded by state dollars, like schools and services for vulnerable populations, have less and less time to prepare for the next fiscal year.”

"The Governor and legislative majority leaders must get to work seriously on a fair state budget. There are many options on the table and people need to be involved to get their legislature to act," Rep. Daniel Patterson said. "At our next town hall, I will continue to listen to my constituents' ideas about budget and revenue reform options, and take those views back to my colleagues at the capitol."

"Our most important job as a State Legislature is to pass a state budget," said Rep. Matt Heinz, a member of the House Appropriations Committee which oversees budget issues. "Protecting the interests of Tucson - its families, education system at all levels and business community - is my first priority. I hope that people in the community will take the time to attend the town hall and make sure their voice is heard."

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