Budget issues dominate annual Legislative Forum
By Sarah Kessinger
School budget cuts, veterans affairs office closure, Medicaid reductions to nursing homes and other pressing issues came up during Saturday’s Legislative Forum in the Marysville City Building.
The forum, which drew about 60 people, gave Rep. Sharon Schwartz, R-Washington, and Sen. Mark Taddiken, R-Clifton, who represent Marshall County, a chance to explain the status of legislation and hear concerns.
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Schwartz said that for the first time in her 14 years as a legislator, she was invited last fall to tour a school in her district. The tour of the Marysville junior and senior high showed her that some programs, in spite of cuts, are being resourceful by fundraising on their own.
“They have found ways to generate support for the art program,” she said of art card and print sales.
“There are ways to absorb cuts,” Schwartz said.
Superintendent Khris Thexton said that if deeper cuts are made to programs, students will be affected.
School board member Sonya Stohs said students are the future and “they are going to help build this state back to where it needs to be.”