Additionally, he said better accountability of foster parents and pension reform are two issues he also will be involved with.
“Within the next few sessions we have to do something about it,” he said. “The unfunded liabilities are getting out of control.”
Like Martin, Sparks said the session would be interesting because of the shuffling for different elected positions and trickle down effect. The opening of the Fifth District Congressional seat will draw several incumbent politicians.
“It will be interesting to see legislators try and push pieces of legislation to get that last feather in their cap,” Sparks said.
He said funding the governor’s quick action closing fund for economic development will be a priority again this year. Education funding should also be a hot topic.
“On a percentage basis, our cuts to education were the largest in the country,” he said.
In response to a question about another push to lower the state’s personal income tax, Martin said the issue will be prominent on the session’s agenda.
“A lot of my colleagues are wanting to tap the brakes a little here,” he said. “It will get a significant amount of play and dialogue.”
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