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Grays Harbor Legislators Discuss Upcoming Session at Send-Off

January 9, 2013

On Tuesday at the Legislative Send-Off, sponsored by Greater Grays Harbor Inc, the state legislators who represent Grays Harbor were in agreement on many things. The main concern this legislative session is the need for bi-partisan politics, especially with more budget cuts on the horizon.

Senator Jim Hargrove spoke on Democratic state Senators Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon changing their alliance to Republican and taking the majority from Democrats, and said that despite this change in power, bipartisanship is key.

Senator Brian Hatfield said that both sides need to work on key issues like education, before branching into side projects.

When asked about the unemployment rates in Southwest Washington, and what could be done locally, Hatfield said that despite higher numbers, change can be seen on the horizon with the addition of business and the port and upcoming construction at Grays Harbor College.

With the change in power at the State level, the McCleary case requiring more funding for schools, and the current budget woes, they say it will be a tough session for all at the capital.

Legislators return to start their session on Monday.

GGHI

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