PRESS RELEASE: Alaskan Earns National Casey Foundation Award for Local Foster Care Work

(JUNEAU) – Alaska foster youth advocate and peer support group leader Amanda Metivier, herself a former foster youth, has just returned to Anchorage with a prestigious award. From a broad selection of former foster youth from all 50 states, Metivier has won the Casey Family Foundation’s Excellence for Children alumni award. Metivier went from foster care to college, earned her Master of Social Work at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and now helps foster youth and alumni at the University succeed in school.

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NEWS: Democrats Respond to ASD Cuts

Democrats: State Must Do More to Avoid School Cuts
Governor’s budgets allow inflation to undercut Alaska’s schools

JUNEAU – Today, Anchorage Democratic legislators warned that the governor’s proposed budget will lead to even more school cuts in coming years, and they called on the Legislature to make sure school resources at least keep up with inflation.

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NEWS: Democratic Leaders Offer Strong Vision for Alaska

Fair share, education and energy priorities for Democratic Legislators

in State of the State response

JUNEAU – Tonight, Senate Democratic Leader Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage) and House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula (D-Juneau) presented a strong vision for Alaska in their response to the governor’s state of the state speech. The two leaders said making a commitment to education, lowering the cost of energy, and standing up for Alaska’s fair return on its resources are the Democratic caucuses’ priorities.

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NEWS: House Democrats Announce New Committee Assignments

JUNEAU – Today, House Democratic leadership announced updated committee assignments for the upcoming legislative session. The seats on the Finance and Resources Committees are tentative until a final decision is made once the entire caucus can meet in person. Currently, one member is out of town due to a family medical situation.

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NEWS: House Democratic Caucus Responds to Rep. Holmes’ Departure

Today, House Democratic Leader Beth Kerttula (D-Juneau) released the following statement in response to Representative Lindsey Holmes’ decision to join the House Republican caucus:

“House Democrats have worked effectively to preserve Alaska’s fair return for our oil, to get our schools the resources they need, and to lower the cost of energy for Alaska’s homes and businesses, and we will continue to do so. We have a strong team of Democratic legislators, with four new members who bring tremendous energy and experience, and we look forward to a productive session on behalf of all Alaskans.”

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NEWS: Kawasaki Introduces Legislation to Create UA Medical and Law Schools

Bill encourages ‘Growing Our Own’ healthcare and law professionals

Fairbanks – Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) introduced legislation (HB 43) to create the UA School of Medicine and the UA School of Law at the two main area campuses in Fairbanks and Anchorage. Kawasaki said that the time to invest in education is now if we are to build the workforce that Alaska will need in the next 20 years. Kawasaki points to the continuing doctor shortages and the costs of healthcare and legal services.

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