Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Looking Forward to a New Year and a New Session

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Five days from now I will pack up the car and begin the drive to Haines, at which point I will board a ferry headed to Juneau. In my previous newsletter I may have mislead you regarding the start date of the legislative session. To be clear, the first day of session is Tuesday January 21, 2014. However, before I leave, I hope to see you all tomorrow night at Wendler Middle School from 5:30pm – 7pm to discuss the future of natural gas in Alaska with specialist Larry Persily. Best wishes in the New Year!

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Alaska’s Fiscal Cliff

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It is nearly time for my staff and me to move back to Juneau for the second session of the 28th Alaska State Legislature. Other than the mere fact that it is December 19th and the session convenes one month from today, the Governor just released his budget and the Department of Revenue submitted its fall report on revenue sources for Alaska, which are both tell-tale signs that session is coming, and in this case, that we need to tighten our belts. In this newsletter I will discuss both of these subjects and how each will impact the upcoming session.

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NEWS: It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Oil Wealth Giveaway increases deficit now, undercuts ability to replenish savings later

A small budget is not surprising, but the lost opportunities for Alaskans and inability to replenish state savings accounts due to recent changes to the state’s oil tax will cost Alaska in the future, said House Democratic leadership today in response to Governor Parnell’s proposed budget.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Back in the Classroom

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I have spent much of the past few weeks in the classroom, exploring our local elementary schools and middle school; this month I am visiting East High School. Through these visits I have learned about capital project priorities and general budgetary priorities for specific schools, as well as our public education system as a whole. It’s been a nostalgic time for me recalling previous years spent as a high school teacher in the Kuspuk School District in the early ‘90s. The kids in our classrooms are our future, and I believe that it’s up to us to provide them with meaningful, wide-ranging, and rigorous public educations.

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NEWS: It’s “Unconscionable”: Democratic Legislators Decry Governor’s Decision to Reject Medicaid Expansion

Today, Representative Andy Josephson and Representative Geran Tarr offered the following statements in response to the governor’s decision not to accept the federal government’s offer to expand Medicaid coverage to all Alaskans making less than 138% of the federal poverty level and instead to study the issue for another year.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: To Insure or Not to Insure: Medicaid Expansion

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

You can’t listen to the TV or radio without hearing about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the effect it is having on Americans’ lives. I would like to use this newsletter as a chance to help further inform you about how the ACA will impact your life.

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Rep. Andy Josephson’s Newsletter: Northern Access U-Med Road Meeting

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Tomorrow, October 8th from 5:30 – 7:00pm, please join me along with Senators Wielechowski, Gardner, and Ellis, and Representatives Tarr and Gruenberg for a Town Hall meeting regarding the Northern Access Road project in the East High School commons area. (PARKING MAY BE CHALLENGING BECAUSE OF A TUESDAY NIGHT RACE SERIES EVENT, ALSO BEING HELD AT EAST HIGH SCHOOL).

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Alaska’s Marketplace: Online Health Insurance

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This morning, Alaska’s online health insurance market debuted. Today, Alaskans can shop online for private insurance to meet the requirements of the new federal health care law. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has become muddled and confusing since its original enactment in 2010. Most recently, rhetoric on the government shutdown and postponement of the law creates even more confusion.

It is my job to keep you informed of your options and educated on the major components of the Affordable Care Act as they take effect in the next year. What matters to me is maximizing the benefit of the ACA for Alaskans.

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