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ST. PAUL - State Representative Bob Gunther (R-St. Fairmont) said recent legislative listening sessions held throughout the state have been quite popular and have provided interesting commentary.
“The meetings have been well attended by those who benefit from tax dollars, and a significant number of people who are against increasing taxes to solve this budget deficit,” Gunther said.
With a $5 billion budget deficit to tackle, state lawmakers are asking for public input as to which programs should stay, which should go, and how they should solve the projected shortfall.
“With 401K’s down thirty percent or more, and workers losing their jobs or having their salaries frozen or cut, the last thing our working residents want is higher taxes,” Gunther said. “And that is the point I’m hearing repeatedly from those who aren’t associated with local government or utilize state funding.”
“It’s always good to hear from those people we represent,” Gunther continued. “We’ll try to balance the concerns of everyone as we move forward in this budget setting process.”
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