Frank Simpson’s Session Review

Work is underway at your state Capitol. After Gov. Stitt’s first State of the State address, we began work in our various committees and budget hearings for the non-appropriated state agencies. We wrapped up budget hearings for the appropriated agencies last week.

The Legislative Veteran’s Caucus also held its first meeting this week. With so many active and retired military members in the state, it’s crucial that House and Senate members work together to address the many needs and issues our military families are facing. Those needs and issues are changing constantly and having the joint Caucus helps us be able to address them quicker and more efficiently.

This is shaping up to be a great session. The last several years have been difficult ones, for the most part, for our state with the national recession and devastating downturn of the energy sector but things are looking up. Revenues are good (minus fluctuating oil prices), unemployment is extremely low, wages are rising and there’s a renewed spirit of optimism at the Capitol and in our state government.

 

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