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A couple dozen people attended Thursday’s legislative forum at the Nielsen Center in West Point presented by the State Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
President Barry Kennedy talked about issues facing the state’s business climate saying “workforce” is the main issue. High taxes are keeping people from moving to the state making it hard for businesses to hire enough people to expand or new businesses to locate here.
Kennedy says leadership in the new Unicameral, the budget, workforce and housing issues and tax reform, as well as the corrections department, are likely to take up a big chunk of the session.
Also at the forum was State Senator Lydia Brasch who said she would decide in November whether to serve on the Appropriations Committee. She has been a member of the Revenue Committee.
West Point Mayor Marlene Johnson was one of those in attendance at the legislative forum. She pointed out the city is trying to be as lean as possible with the budget and still fund things like police, fire, the library, the swimming pool and much more.