Lawmakers from Anne Arundel's District 31 and a group of Republican legislators will sponsor a series of separate public forums for people who want to offer advice on dealing with the state budget crisis.
"We hope to focus the debate on how to downsize government," said Delegate Ellen R. Sauerbrey, R-Baltimore County, the House minority leader.
"We want to learn what the taxpayers' budget priorities are," said Sauerbrey.
"Imagine that you were governor for a day," she said."Where would you cut the budget?"
Delegates representing District31 will hold two meetings: one today in the Chesapeake High School Auditorium from 7:30 to 9 p.m.; and one Nov. 25 at the Glen Burnie High School Auditorium, also from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Sen. Philip C. Jimeno and Delegates Joan Cadden, W. Ray Huff and Charles Kolodziejski will attend. For further information, call 841-3658 or 841-3217.
Meanwhile, Republican legislators will hold a series of four meetings starting tomorrow and ending Dec. 3.
The only hearing in Anne ArundelCounty will be tomorrow at Anne Arundel Community College Theatre, on College Parkway in Arnold, at 7:30 p.m.
Other forums are scheduled for:
* Nov. 18 at Loch Raven Senior High School in Towson, 7 p.m.
* Nov. 21 at the Executive Office Building Cafeteria, on MonroeStreet in Rockville, 7:30 p.m.
* Dec. 3 at the Wicomico Senior High School Auditorium in Salisbury, 7 p.m.
Sauerbrey issued a special invitation to state workers. "The people on the inside are the best able to identify ineffective programs and areas of waste," she said.