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March 2, 2011

  Rhina Villatoro   202-434-8070

Hispanic State Legislators Call for Civility, Compromise in State Budget and Labor Discussions


Washington, DC – March 2nd, 2011 – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), the nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization representing the interests of over 300 State elected officials of Hispanic descent in more than 35 states, calls upon Governors, state legislators and community stakeholders, to strive for civility in public discourse, and to refocus in a spirit of cooperation in addressing the nation’s budget crises.

“The states are struggling to meet their obligations from incredible budget pressures. But budgets can not be balanced on the backs of workers, nor can those workers be inflexible in working with their state leaders,” said Senator Iris Y. Martinez, (IL.) NHCSL President. We must turn the corner together, and come to the table in good faith to lead our states through this period of slow economic recovery, added Martinez.


The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 300 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit

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