As the next legislative session begins, it doesn’t appear lawmakers will hear less from local Tea Party members. Tonight, House Speaker Bobby Harrell will address the Charleston Tea Party–highlighting the coming session’s agenda.
Charleston Tea Party Chairman Mike Murphree says he hopes to see a good turnout–with a good discussion.
We’ll hopefully have a good roundtable discussion with the folks from the Tea Party, and some Republicans, and hopefully maybe a Democrat or two will sprinkle in there. But, what we want to do is find out what is ahead of us, where are we at, what we need to be looking for and what can we do to accomplish our goals.
Muphree expects the agenda to include:
I think you’re going to show up with a budget deficit. I think they are going to have to come down and come up with some creative ways to finance state government. One way is they are probably going to have to cut funding and services to certain items that are either obsolete or no longer needed, or duplication of services.
Beyond tonight’s meeting, Murphree says he wants to set long-term goals.
I’m hoping in the 2011’s and this way forward that we engage our politicians, engage our public officials. We need real solutions, we need to come up with a game plan, and we need to trim and cut and do away with a lot that we do in government because basically you can longer afford what you do. You don’t have the money.
Murphree says everyone is invited to attend the meeting, and he encourages bipartisan participation.
Our Republican and Democratic friends are always welcomed, we want you to participate because we have to learn about each other. We have to understand the each side of the equation. We have to understand where you’re coming from and you need to understand where we are coming form. And, you’re not going to get standing in the protest lines on the side of the road waving signs at each other. Sooner or later you’re going to have to engage me, and I’m going to have to engage you.
Tonight’s meeting is at Charles Towne Landing’s Founders Hall at 6 p.m.