Town Hall meeting this morning at the BHS commons with representatives from 23rd district Sherry Appleton and Christine Rolfes.
The top concern was the state budget crisis and the accompanying shrinkage in essential services. The conversation today focused on the fact that health and human services are being pitted against education. B. and I having deep interests in both areas, the comments were interesting and informative.
Applause at comments effectively saying we need to protect our most vulnerable citizens–our elderly, disabled, and young. Unfortunately, the budget shortfall is so great that these programs and services are being cut, along with transportation and other services. A majority of those present are in favor of a progressive income tax, which the representatives say is a major shift from just a few years ago. Legislature is trying to balance the budget by closing tax loopholes, allowing 2 and 4-year colleges to raise tuition, and raising sales tax.
Further cuts must happen; the representatives made clear there are heart-wrenching decisions ahead.