Be there

You have the perfect opportunity Saturday to become better informed about the legislative budget battles going on in Topeka?and the effects the outcomes of those battles could have on your local school district, county and a host of state services. State Sen. Jim Barnett and Rep. Bob Brookens will be at the Hills?boro city building (8:30 a.m.) and Zimmerman?s coffee shop in Marion (10 a.m.) on that day as part of the annual legislative coffees that are arranged by the Chamber of Commerce in each of the two communities.

In addition to updating listeners on the progress of various bills and initiatives, the two legislators will field questions from the audience. Even though answers may not be clear just yet, you can expect open conversation about the issues at stake.

You don?t have to be residents of Hillsboro or Marion to attend these events. Anyone in Marion County is welcomed to participate. There?s a lot at stake during this legislative session. None of us can afford to be asleep at the wheel as we travel along this precarious path toward our future. ?DR

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