In recent weeks, much alarm has been raised concerning the state of the Black Belt region of Alabama, especially amid budget issues in the Alabama Legislature. This Monday, November 9, Congresswoman Terri Sewell will discuss the effects budget cuts will have on the region.

According to a press release, the second in a series of town halls exploring how the state's financial crisis will negatively impact the 7th Congressional District will be held at the Berean Baptist Church (804 Washington St.; Marion, AL) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Rep. Sewell says she is looking forward to working with lawmakers to find meaningful solutions that will restore essential services to vulnerable communities. This comes after lawmakers decided to close 31 DMV offices statewide and then partially reopened them. Sewell says the balancing of the budget should not come on the backs of rural Alabamians and that she is committed to continuing town halls to hear first-hand accounts of how such decisions affect her constituents.

It is important to note that our elected officials are those that residents chose to represent them and to protect their common interests. So, it is beneficial for those who Sewell serves to make their concerns known as well as to have the opportunity to ask questions about topics of which they may not be totally clear. "The Effect of State Budget Cuts on the Black Belt" on Monday, November 9, 2015 is the take advantage of Sewell's accessibility.