Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Start of Session Report and Final Chance to Answer My Fiscal Policy Survey

Yesterday we began the second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature here at our State Capitol in Juneau. As I am sure you are aware, Alaska’s troublesome fiscal situation has overshadowed many other serious concerns, and my colleagues and I in the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition are hard at work to find solutions to the crisis that are fair to regular Alaskans and protect our most vulnerable citizens.

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NEWS: Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition and Alaska Senate Democrats Press Availability Scheduled

Juneau – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition (AIDC) and Alaska Senate Democrats will hold a press availability before the start the Second Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. The availability will allow lawmakers to discuss specific issues and take questions from the media. The press availability will be held Tuesday, January 19, at 9 am in the Fahrenkamp Room of the Capital Building in Juneau. The press availability will feature Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Leader Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) and Alaska Senate Democrats Leader Sen. Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage).

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: You are Invited to Anchorage Caucus this Saturday

My staff and I have just finished preparing our computers, files, and other essential materials for shipment to Juneau for the second session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. My office in the Alaska Capitol will soon be fully operational and I will be working hard to stay in touch with everyone back home so I can best represent you as I wrestle with the tough decisions of the day.

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NEWS: Cost-saving Alternative Proposed to Overpriced Anchorage LIO

ANCHORAGE – Billion dollar deficits and drastic proposals to shift the burden of paying for state government onto the backs of working Alaskans and their families demand innovative ideas to save the state money. The multi-million dollar renovation and expense of remaining in the Legislative Information Offices (LIO) on 4th Avenue in Anchorage flies in the face of the legislature’s demand for fiscal conservancy. 

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Please Answer My Fiscal Policy Survey On-line

In the upcoming session, seeking solutions to Alaska’s fiscal crisis will be my prime focus as I serve you the Legislature. Every decision I face will heavily impact the lives of all our friends and neighbors in Anchorage. In order to provide the best representation possible, it is important that I know how you feel and hear your ideas.

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NEWS: Massive Scope of Proposed Fiscal Changes Demands Thorough Review of Impacts on Alaskans of All Income Levels

ANCHORAGE – Today, Alaska Governor Bill Walker unveiled an ambitious budget plan called “The New Sustainable Alaska Plan” that shifts much of the burden of paying for state government from the oil and gas industry onto the backs of hard-working, average Alaskans. The Governor’s proposal includes fundamental changes to how vital state services in Alaska are funded including new or increased taxes on income, fishing, mining, tourism, alcohol, tobacco, and motor fuel. The Governor’s proposal also makes drastic cuts to vital early education opportunities in Alaska and would result in significantly reduced Permanent Fund Dividends. The 13 members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition thank Governor Walker for his leadership and the public process used to come up with the proposed budget plan but will insist that every proposed change be thoroughly vetted by the Alaska Legislature.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: Thanksgiving Blessings – How to Help and Where to Get Help

I wish you many blessings this Thanksgiving holiday, and I hope the season finds you and your families well. I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some ways you can help the less fortunate by donating food, warm clothing, and other items this Thanksgiving. Please take a moment to learn about some of the needs that have come to my attention, and about ways you can provide assistance.

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Rep. Tuck’s Newsletter: End of the 3rd Special Session

After 12 days of Legislative hearings featuring presentations from the Governor’s cabinet, industry representatives, and state experts, the legislature voted to save money by severing our relationship with TransCanada for the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project.

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