Eggs and Issues Provides Clarification to the Public on Various Issues and Bills

By KBJR News 1

July 1, 2013 Updated Jul 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM CDT

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A breakfast buffet at Zimmy's in Hibbing gave community members a chance to weigh in on issues from the last legislative session.

Lawmakers say they also appreciate the chance for some face to face conversations with their constituants.

Hibbing Area Chamber members held an Eggs and Issues event with, Representative Carly Melin and Senator David Tomassoni on Thursday morning.

Senator David Tomassoni says that the most rewarding part of these meetings is providing clarification to the public on various issues and bills.

"I think it's a chance for people to ask us questions that they've been reading about in the paper or hearing on the news and aren't exactly clear about," says Senator Tomassoni.

The questions asked at the event focused primarily on tax changes, the business climate, and higher education funding.

Lory Fedo, President of Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce says that Eggs and Issues provides a way for close businesses and organizations to meet with their representatives and legislators to find out details on their most recent session, as well as to vocalize personal business concerns.

"All businesses are concerned about taxes, but until the next year or two shake out we won't know what that means to every business, so certainly that is a concern and something we will be watching," says Fedo.

Not only did the board answer submitted questions from the Government Committee, but they also allowed time for community members to ask about issues concerning them personally.

"Anything we can do to help or anything we can work on together we like to hear about and we talked a bit about that today, too," says Fedo.

The event was hosted by the Chamber's Government Affairs Committee.

Elsa Robins