Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2016 regular and special session have come to an end. There were several accomplishments this session, including passing a true, bipartisan supplemental budget without raising taxes, saving our public charter schools, making historic investments in K-12 education, lowering college tuition, and addressing problems in our mental health system.
State lawmakers also passed supplemental capital and transportation budgets this year. You can learn more about all of the state budgets here.
It has been great getting out into the district and meeting with all of you to discuss your ideas, concerns and questions. I would like to invite you to join your 2nd District state representatives at various town-hall events scheduled throughout our district, including a telephone town hall. Details are below. Please mark your calendars!
Telephone Town Hall – Thursday, April 28, at 6 p.m.
This telephone town hall, which is like a call-in radio show, allows you to interact with your state representatives in an informal setting from the comfort of your own home. Rep. J.T. Wilcox and I will be answering questions and sharing our views on state government and the 2016 legislative session. You will also have the opportunity to participate by answering several poll questions.
The community conversation will start at 6 p.m. and last an hour. To participate, please call (253) 258-3248. If you want to ask a question, press the star (*) key on your telephone keypads during the call.
We look forward to speaking with you!
Traditional town halls – Saturday, May 7
We will be hosting three town-hall events at the following locations on Saturday, May 7:
Eatonville: 10-11:00 a.m.
Eatonville Community Center 305 Center St. W
Orting: 1-2:00 p.m.
Orting Valley Fire and Rescue Building 401 Washington Ave SE
Yelm: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Yelm Public Safety Building 206 McKenzie Ave
I encourage you to join us and share your comments, questions and concerns. We look forward to your participation. No RSVP is required. See you there!
In my recent video update, I share with you key events and meetings that have been taking place throughout our district, and provide you with information on the upcoming telephone and traditional town-hall meetings. Just click the photo above to watch the latest video.
I look forward to seeing and interacting with you in our great district. If you would like for me to be a guest speaker at an event or meeting, please contact my office. While the legislative session is over, I'm your state representative year-round.
Because this is an election year, this will be the last email update I am able to send out until December. However, I can respond if you contact me directly. Please feel free to send me an email or give me a call any time – Andrew.Barkis@leg.wa.gov and (360) 786-7824.
It's an honor to serve you.