Town Hall Scheduled to Discuss Crime, Budgets, and Jobs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2017
Anchorage – Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), the Majority Leader in the Alaska House of Representatives, is hosting a town hall meeting Saturday to gather input from constituents before the Fourth Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature begins on October 23rd. Governor Bill Walker is calling lawmakers back to Juneau to consider additional criminal justice reform legislation and a revenue measure to help address Alaska’s projected $2.7 billion budget deficit.
“Unfortunately, the success of the criminal justice reform provisions in Senate Bill 91 has been hampered by continued ill-advised budget cuts. This resulted in fewer State Troopers to investigate crime and prosecutors to ensure criminals are brought to justice,” said Rep. Tuck. “Over the last few months, it has become abundantly clear that the effort to do criminal justice reform without the necessary investments will fail.”
In his role as the former House Minority Leader and now as the Majority Leader, Rep. Tuck has been a champion for a comprehensive fiscal plan to overcome Alaska’s fiscal challenges brought on by the continued low price of oil and the inability of lawmakers to enact measures to protect the Alaska economy.
“In an attempt to save the economy and protect jobs, the members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition passed a comprehensive fiscal plan that sets us up for a prosperous future. However, the Senate Majority continues to hide their head in the sand and pretend it will all be okay,” said Rep. Tuck. “The people of Alaska demand solutions and won’t tolerate further inaction by lawmakers more interested in their political future than the future of Alaska.”
Saturday’s town hall meeting is open to the public and will include time for questions and answers.
WHO: House Majority Leader Rep. Chris Tuck
WHAT: Pre-special session town hall meeting
WHERE: Elim Café, 561 W. Dimond Blvd., Anchorage, Alaska
WHEN: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 2017
For more information, please contact Rep. Tuck’s office at (907) 269-0240.