Friday, February 18, 2011

It's Up to the Budget Conferees

This is the hardest part of the session. This is when lobbyists feel most helpless to influence what is going one in the places where the budget conferees hide to have fateful and consequential discussions. From time to time you are called in to have confidential discussions with this Senator, that Delegate or that staff member so they can guage your reaction to various trial balloons.

Between now and a week from tomorrow the following conferees will decide the fate of public education in the year ahead:

Senate All tel. #’s are area code 804

Charles J. Colgan 698-7529

William C. Wampler, Jr. 698-7540

R. Edward Houck 698-7517

Janet D. Howell 698-7532

Richard L. Saslaw 698-7535

Walter A. Stosch 698-7512

Lacey E. Putney 698-1019

M. Kirkland Cox 698-1066

Beverly J. Sherwood 698-1029

R. Steven Landes 698-1025

S. Chris Jones 698-1076

Johnny S. Joannou (D-Portsmouth) (no e-mail address) 698-1079

Let’s hope that children and public education will be a priority.