ANCHORAGE – A House State Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday revealed for the first time that the Department of Corrections could have opened an existing facility in Palmer for less money than the Legislature appropriated but instead decided to move forward with a costly effort to send inmates to out-of-state private prisons.
It is truly a privilege to represent you in District 24. As the snow finally looks like it’s here to stay, I wanted to provide an update on projects happening in my office during the interim months and take the time to express my deep gratitude for the blessings we enjoy. While we are not currently in session, we have been steadily working to ensure progress towards improving education opportunities, strengthening public safety, promoting a healthy business environment, and protecting your property rights.
Alaska is a military state. Because of our strategic location, the federal government continues to invest millions of dollars every year in bases and other infrastructure. Alaska is also a military state because we are home to more veterans per capita than any other state in the nation. In many ways, Alaska’s economy is shaped by the thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, veterans, and their families who call Alaska home. That’s why I have sponsored legislation to help military families in Alaska.