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Kudos to Rep. Smith

The Oregon Legislature has just wrapped up one of its most productive sessions, and State Representative Patti Smith was an important part of the success. The legislature increased funding for K-12 schools by nearly 10 percent, an all-time high for education funding, and increased funding for community colleges by $45 million. We also restored funding to critical senior and disabled services that had been cut by Gov. Kitzhaber and enacted a package of laws called the Oregon Women's Initative that will help women, children and families.

Rep. Smith was instrumental in two pieces of legislation important specifically to the Mid-Columbia Gorge region. First, she helped create a legislative committee designed to oversee the activities of the Gorge Commission. This will give Oregon's elected state legislators a way to keep tabs on this federal agency. Second, Rep. Smith secured state funding to help build the Mid-Columbia Veterans Memorial.

Residents of the House Dist. 56 should be proud to have Rep. Smith serving them in the Oregon Legislature.

Rep. Karen Minnis

House Majority Leader

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