September 23, 1999
MEDIA CONTACT: Cassie McVeety, 360/546-9601,
STORY SOURCE: Carolyn Long, MPA director, 360/546-9737,
        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Washington State University Vancouver's master in public affairs (MPA) program is hosting a forum on Initiative 695 at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Student Services Building lecture hall. The event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited to 200. Doors to the lecture hall will open at 6 p.m.
        Tim Eyman, author of the initiative, and former Washington Gov. Mike Lowry will discuss both sides of the issue. Lance LeLoup, chair of WSU's political science department, will moderate the discussion.
        Both panelists will have an opportunity to present their perspectives, followed by rebuttal and questions from the audience.
        Initiative 695 would cut vehicle license tab costs for Washington residents to $30 per year and require a public vote before any government agency can raise a tax or fee.
        "It is important for WSU Vancouver to bring issues of interest to the community in a balanced forum to help inform citizens," notes Carolyn Long, director of WSU Vancouver's MPA program and assistant professor of political science. "This event continues our series of public forums on policy issues that are of significance to our region."
        The MPA program prepares students for careers in the public and non-profit sectors, and offers training for students who desire professional growth and advancement. A bachelor of arts in public affairs is also offered.
        WSU Vancouver is celebrating its 10th year within the WSU system, and provides junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses leading to 13 bachelor's and seven master's degrees. The campus is located on 351 acres seven miles north of the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area.

Note to Editors: For press pass information, contact WSU Vancouver's Office of Campus Advancement at 360/546-9600.


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