I’ve just confirmed with Rep. Dan Severson and Rep. Steve Gottwalt that Tarryl Clark is indeed holding a townhall meeting at Whitney Senior Center this Saturday morning. According to the Times’ article, “State legislators representing St. Cloud and St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis are inviting the public to a town-hall meeting on state and city budget issues at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Whitney Senior Center.” The article goes on to say this:

Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud, Rep. Steve Gottwalt, R-St. Cloud, and Rep. Larry Haws, DFL-St. Cloud, will join Kleis to discuss the impact of recent cuts in state aid to cities and the impact of Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s budget proposal on cities.

About two weeks ago, Rep. Gottwalt announced that he would be holding a townhall meeting at the Granite Edge in Rockville this Saturday morning from 10-11. Unfortunately, Tarryl’s office didn’t check with Rep. Gottwalt prior to making this announcement.

I’m not suggesting moving the meeting, though that certainly would be an option. I’m suggesting that announcements shouldn’t be sent out saying people will be attending without first asking if they’re able to attend.

I’ve confirmed with Rep. Gottwalt’s office that he will attend the first part of this meeting but that he’ll keep his commitment with the people of Rockville.

Since public participation is encouraged, I’m asking area conservatives to attend & make their voices heard on Gov. Pawlenty’s budget.

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