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TEACHERS IN ABERDEEN & HOQUIAM RALLY ON FIRST DAY OF SPECIAL LEGISLATIVE SESSION

November 29, 2011

Here in the Harbor – teachers in Aberdeen and Hoquiam conducted their own events on the first day of Olympia’s special session to close a two billion dollar budget gap..

Aberdeen Education Association President Joan Lesman says they need to make the public aware about how more cuts in education funding will hurt all Harbor residents.

Hoquiam Teachers Association President Jean Davis says her organization also wanted to get the word out to the public.

One of the items on the chopping block in Olympia is levy equalization – a process where the state sends money to districts in order to even up funding levels with districts in higher property valuation areas like Seattle.

Lesman says this is a huge area of concern for the Harbor.

Davis minced no words on how Olympia should fix the budget deficit – she says big business and banks need to pay more in taxes.

And Lesman says the Legislature and Governor Chris Gregoire should be working harder at coming up with better ways to solve the money crisis.

The special session in Olympia is expected to go through much of December.

 

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