Alaska House Passes Legislation to Help Struggling Workers

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives passed legislation to help struggling workers and their families weather job losses resulting from the Alaska recession, which has been ongoing since 2015. House Bill 142, sponsored by Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage), increases the maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefit from $370 to $510 over two years to match 50 percent of the average weekly wage, which is the national norm for unemployment benefits.

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Rep. Tuck’s March 11th Newsletter: Action Alert! Public Testimony Invitation: Protect the Dividend in the Constitution

Tomorrow, the House Finance Committee will be taking public testimony on a proposal to place the Permanent Fund Dividend into the Constitution. The committee meeting starts at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 12, and public testimony will be taken following an explanation of the resolution. Depending on the amount of testimony, it may be continued in the evening and the following day.

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Rep. Tuck’s February 27th Newsletter: Public Testimony on the Budget This Week

The last several weeks have been busy for all of us as budget subcommittees have been meeting to review the Governor’s proposed FY19 operating budget.

Yesterday, the House finalized the budget subcommittee process and passed our recommendations for each government department to the full Finance Committee. This year, I served on the budget subcommittees for Administration, Commerce Community & Economic Development, Governor, Legislature, University of Alaska, and Military & Veterans’ Affairs.

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Rep. Tuck’s February 16th Newsletter: Economic Report

Thank you to everyone who has contacted my office this legislative session. I always appreciate talking and discussing issues with as many people as possible. My goal is to find and apply real workable solutions that put Alaskans back to work and help make Alaska a better place to live. In pursuing these goals, I want to share a few reports that paint a picture of Alaska’s economic situation.

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Rep. Tuck’s January 24th Newsletter: I look forward to a productive 90-day session.

It has been a great honor to serve as my neighbors’ Representative in the Legislature as the Majority Leader in the Alaska House Majority Coalition.  We are made up of Alaska Independents, Alaska Republicans, and Alaska Democrats who have joined together to come up with real solutions for Alaska’s needs.

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