Rep. Josephson’s October 27th Newsletter: Public testimony on crime bills — TOMORROW!

I know the crime bills (SB91/SB54) have been on a lot of minds lately. Down in Juneau, the House is holding many a hearing on these bills and, although we’ve heard from several of you in recent public meetings and town halls, we would love to hear official public testimony.

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Rep. Josephson’s October 11th Newsletter: Alaska’s Criminal Code & Criminal Justice Reform

Many Alaskans have railed recently against rising crime and the 2016 criminal justice reform bill, SB91. I, too, am very concerned about the increase in crime—especially the violent variety, but also property violations—and I’ll be voting in this month’s special session to do something about it.

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Rep. Josephson’s September 14th Newsletter: Try, Try Again – A Fourth Special Session in the Offing

Alaska’s $2.7 billion annual budget deficit will shrink if legislators raise new revenues during a special session likely to begin in Juneau next month. Governor Walker and the House Majority want to close or substantially diminish our budget gap this year, so we expect an official proclamation any day now that will call the legislature into a fourth special session beginning October 23.

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Rep. Josephson’s July 28th Newsletter: AK Capital Budget

Yesterday, the Alaska Legislature passed a compromise capital budget that spends about $140M of state money to leverage about $1.2B in federal funds. The House vote was 27-13 and the Senate vote was 15-4. Although either a “yes” or “no” vote was arguably justifiable, after some deliberation, I voted to pass this budget.

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