Washington State Representative Hans Dunshee will host two town hall meetings in his 44th District on Saturday, March 16, 2013. The first will be in Mill Creek from 10 AM to 12 noon. The second will be in Lake Stevens from 1 PM to 3 PM.
This is an opportunity for Mill Creek residents to comment on current legislative issues and to voice their priorities.
The House of Representatives is in the middle of the legislative session, which started in January.
Mill Creek Mayor Mike Todd and City Councilmember Mark Harmsworth visited Representative Dunshee’s office in Olympia on February 14, 2013, to discuss Mill Creek’s legislative priorities as follows:
- Preserving Mill Creek's $6 million allocation in the State's Public Works Trust Fund (letter sent to Mill Creek's legislative members January 11, 2013).
- Encourage passage of HB1368 (Restoring City and County Liquor Revenue).
- Encourage passage of HB1128 (Public Records - Protecting Essential Services)
Mayor Todd reported that Representative Dunshee believes it will be very difficult to preserve Mill Creek’s entire allocation in the State’s Public Works Trust fund and that the State needs to keep liquor tax revenue to fund public education rather than pass it on to the cities. Todd said that Dunshee’s priority is to fund public education.
According to Dunshee’s website, “Bolstering our state’s economy and keeping out community strong are Dunshee’s top goals for this legislative session.”
“I love having these town hall meetings, so I can hear the thoughts and concerns of the folks I represent,” said Dunshee. “I am the most effective down here in Olympia when I know what my friends and neighbors from my district are thinking.”
“We need to create a budget that tackles many issues, not just focus on one. We can’t just fund one area and ignore others. A kid doesn’t learn if he or she doesn’t have a place to come home to at night or food in their belly during the day. Let’s work together to keep our community a great place to live and work.”
Here are the details of the town halls:
10 a.m. to noon
Mill Creek City Hall
15728 Main Street
Mill Creek, WA
1 to 3 p.m.
Lake Stevens Fire Department Station 82
9811 Chapel Hill Road
Lake Stevens, WA