Evan Smith: Ryu says constituents concerned about cuts

Sunday, March 27, 2011

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

Democratic State Rep. Cindy Ryu says that constituents are concerned about cuts to the State budget. Ryu said Friday that people who attended the 32nd Legislative District town-hall meeting March 12 expressed concern about cuts to human services, early learning, and public schools. Ryu said that constituents spoke loud and clear in saying that such cuts are devastating to the state, communities and individuals.

“That is why I am proud to join my Democratic colleagues in support of closing some tax loopholes and other revenue options to continue funding vital services like K-4 education, Medicare Part D benefits, and Apple Health,” Ryu said.

Ryu said that nearly 200 people attended the meeting with Ryu, Rep. Ruth Kagi and State Sen. Maralyn Chase and asked many thoughtful questions and demonstrated understanding of the difficulties and challenges at the state and local levels.

“The overwhelming majority of people who attended were in favor of supporting our teachers and other state workers, closing wasteful tax loopholes in order to fund essential programs, and even creating a state bank to help our local small businesses and fund infrastructure projects," she said.

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