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09 March 2010

Holsman: Town Hall Meeting Set For April 1

KANSAS CITY, MO - State Rep. Jason Holsman (D-Kansas City) announced today that he will be hosting a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 1st to discuss Missouri's 2010-2011 budget.

The meeting, which will be held at 7:00 PM at Center Middle School (326 East 103rd), will be open to anyone interested in Missouri's budget.

Along with Holsman, who represents portions of South Kansas City and Grandview in the General Assembly, guests will include State Representative Jason Kander - who serves on the House Budget Committee, Dr. Robert Bartman - Center School District Superintendent, Dr. Ralph Teran - Grandview School District Superintendent, Dr. Marge Williams - Hickman Mills School District Superintendent, and Patrick Lynn - Governmental Policy Director for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

(From Right to Left) Rep. S. Webber, Rep. J. Kander, & Rep. J. Holsman(from left to right) Rep. Stephen Webber, Rep. Jason Kander, and Rep. Jason Holsman

While the discussion will focus on the budget, other topics of interest will include education, energy & the environment, and issues impacting seniors. Citizens will be given a chance to ask questions and dialogue with members of the panel.

“I receive questions on a daily basis from concerned citizens regarding how much funding will be available to various programs and services in the coming year.  I want to answer the questions and hear their concerns,” said Holsman, “Many indications show the economy is growing stronger, but the past year has left us facing tough budget cuts in order to balance the budget. The town hall throughout history has provided the necessary opportunity to conduct a public discourse on community priorities.”

On Monday, March 1, Governor Jay Nixon issued a release stating that, based on year-to-date figures, Missouri's revenue forecast may have been overly optimistic. According to Nixon, “we will need to downsize the scope of state government, while protecting necessary services to the citizens of Missouri.” Revising revenue estimates will place further strain on an already tight 2010-2011 state budget.

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