Smith plans visit to discuss session

State Representative Greg Smith

A special town hall meeting will be held Friday, Jan. 9, in Enterprise by State Representative Greg Smith (R-Heppner).

"I wanted to give folks in my area a chance to share their concerns about the upcoming legislative session and other issues," said Smith.

The town hall will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Cloud 9 Bakery, 105 SE 1st Street in Enterprise.

Smith has served eight years in the Oregon House of Representatives. His fifth regular legislative session will get underway in Salem Monday, Jan. 12.

Smith was recently appointed to several budget committees for the 2009 session. He will be in a pivotal role on the Ways and Means Committees for Education and Public Safety.

"The recession will be a driving force in just about everything that happens in the legislature," noted Smith. The current state budget which ends July 1, 2009, is already short nearly $200 million from what is needed to provide services. Current estimates show a billion dollar shortfall facing the state for the 2009-2011 state budget cycle.

"The unemployment rate in my legislative district is almost 10 percent in some areas, compared to 8 percent statewide," Smith said. "I know families are hurting. Many of them tell me the last thing they want is more taxes and fees."

People are encouraged to attend the town hall in Enterprise to talk with Smith or contact him at the Capitol in Salem: write 900 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301, call 1-503-986-1457; or e-mail Rep.gregsmith@state.or.us. His Web page is at www.leg.state.ore.us/smithg.

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