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QueenAnne & Magnolia News: Education funding, tax reform dominate discussion at 36th District town hall

Joe Veyera with the QueenAnne & Magnolia News has a write up on our recent town hall

With the start of the next legislative session a little more than a month away, residents of the 36th District heard from their representatives on Saturday morning (Dec. 5) in a wide-ranging town hall at the Magnolia Community Center (2550 34th Ave. W.).

“We’re really lucky in the 36th District,” Rep. Gael Tarleton said. “People come out on a Saturday morning, and the range of things that people care about is exactly why we have the ability to have a broad impact in Washington state. People care about all the things happening in everyone’s community, not just their own. “

The discussion with Tarleton and Rep. Reuven Carlyle predominantly centered on two hot-button issues: funding for basic education under the specter of the McCleary decision by the state Supreme Court, and the potential for at least modest tax reform.

But along with the back-and-forth with the legislators, the crowd of about 30 heard about the upcoming changes to the makeup of the 36th District delegation. With Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles leaving the Legislature after her election to the Metropolitan King County Council, Carlyle was the lone applicant to formally seek that open seat. His move still needs to be finalized by the County Council after the first of the year.

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