Dear Friends and Neighbors,
First, I'd like to invite you to take a brief online transportation survey here. Your opinion is very important to me. There are four questions and it should only take a minute or two to complete. Thank you for your time!
Telephone town hall a success
Thank you to everyone who took part in the 28th District telephone town hall last Thursday with me and Sen. Steve O'Ban. At its peak there were more than 740 people on the line. People asked very thoughtful questions and we had a great discussion.
We asked three poll questions during the call — here are the results:
1) What is the most important issue you want the Legislature to address this year?
State spending/budget: 33.3%
Jobs/the economy: 23%
Transportation congestion at I-5/JBLM: 17.2%
K-12 education: 6.9%
Public safety: 6.9%
2) Would you support a gas tax increase if you knew DOT would be reformed and spend your taxes more wisely on relieving congestion and increasing freight mobility?
3) Should school principals have the ability to choose the teachers that teach in their building or should hiring decisions be based on seniority?
Principal choice: 69.2%
It's been a pleasure to sponsor so many local young people as House pages: Andrew Sanchez-Rincon, Gabriela Menendez, Hannah Whelan, Madelyn Gonzalez, Michael Forbes and Kaila Valenzuela. Pages serve a valuable role in the Legislature, assisting lawmakers and learning about state government.
Students between the ages of 14 and 16 are welcome to apply for the page program. If you'd like to apply this year, there's still time in this legislative session, which ends April 26. For more information please click here.