n 2001, the USDA Forest Service enacted the “Roadless Rule”, prohibiting road construction for the purposes of logging in pristine National Forests and Grasslands. The federal regulation protects national treasures and clean drinking water for future generations, as 35% of our nation’s drinking water comes from National Forests.Read more
Welcoming Week in Anchorage is just around the corner; the time of year we come together to celebrate our city’s diversity.Read more
Last Tuesday the Anchorage Assembly voted 9-2 to ban the use of plastic bags by retailers, making Anchorage the 23rd community in the state of Alaska to take practical action in protecting our environment and keeping our cities clean. The ban will be effective this upcoming March. Alternative paper bags will be available at checkout for 10-50 cents each. Personally, I recommend purchasing re-usable bags to beRead more
Anchorage – Bipartisan legislation to reform Alaska’s workers’ compensation system was signed into law this morning during a ceremony held in conjunction with the annual AFL-CIO Summer Convention. Alaska Governor Bill Walker put forward House Bill 79 to modernize the system and to clearly define for the first time in Alaska’s history who can be categorized as an independent contractor. Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) carried the bill on the House floor and issued the following statement upon learning that HB 79 has become law.Read more
Farmers’ market season is in full swing and I hope, like me and my staff, you’ve been sampling our local Alaska Grown goods! See the map below for your nearest market location or click here for an interactive map. Did you know you can even support local goods at many of our big chain grocery stores? I’m proud of my Resources Committee Co-Chair, Rep. Geran Tarr, who has been putting a lot of time and effort into local food security issues and supporting our farmers, growers, bakers, and makers.Read more
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
My office has been busy setting up shop in Anchorage for the interim. Some of the topics on my mind these days have been improving local infrastructure, sound environmental management, resolving our fiscal issues, and, of course, abating crime in our fair city.
On Wednesday, June 6th, we recognize one of the most tragic and calamitous events in American history: that 50 years have passed since the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Many Americans like me are sustained and encouraged by great historical figures, whether living or deceased. Mine are the usual and deserving suspects: Lincoln, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, Gandhi, and King.
Immediately following adjournment, I had the honor of joining prominent business leaders in our state and Governor Walker on his trade mission to China. While I appreciated the opportunity to participate in efforts to cultivate a positive trade relationship with China, network with leaders in Alaskan business, and work towards a more diverse, vibrant economy, it is great to be home.Read more