After a series of discussions meant to get citizens involved in municipal and government budgets, Kalamazoo-based Michigan Citizen Action is reminding folks now is the time to speak up.

Michigan lawmakers are working now on that budget, and two local lawmakers serve on the House Appropriations Committee - integral in that process. Rep. Dr. John Bizon (R-Battle Creek) and Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) serve on that committee, and Senator Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek) serves on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

As constituents go, those of us in the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo areas have particular access to those who are on the budget front lines.

Click the player below to hear MCA executive director Linda Teeter's overall thoughts on how to approach lawmakers, the importance of the budget being decided right now, and more.

Hear The Richard Piet Show weekday mornings from 5:30-9 on 95.3 WBCK.