With the opening of the Oregon Legislature last week, State Representative Greg Smith released his priorities for the 73rd session.

"I anticipate this being another very difficult session. We have a number of important issues before us - none of which will have an easy solution," Smith said. "This session, I plan to focus on four key areas: keeping Main Street vibrant, educating our children, keeping our promise to our senior citizens and the most vulnerable, and bringing balance to our natural resource laws."

Smith, who represents the 57th district (Wallowa, Union, Umatilla and Morrow counties), was appointed to the joint committee on Ways and Means, and he will chair the Ways and Means subcommittee on transportation and economic development.

Smith is also a member of the subcommittee on general government.

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means is where all budgetary issues are introduced, deliberated and voted on. In Smith's subcommittee, 13 different agencies will have budgets drawn up and passed.

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