Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: October Events and Election Day Information

Election Day is November 8 and you have until Sunday, October 9, to make sure your voter registration is up-to-date. You can find a full list of candidates here.

Not sure where your polling place is? You can find it here or avoid the lines and vote early at the Fairbanks Division of Elections office, located at 675 7th Ave, starting on October 24.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Equinox Update and Local Election Information

Now one month into the school year, we are heading into sub-12-hour days. And you know what that means: Equinox Marathon, road construction winding down, hunting season, end of the summer tour season and Suicide Prevention month. But here’s a quick update on education vetoes, local election information, and what’s going on in the weeks ahead in Fairbanks.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: 4th Special Session Adjourns, Time for a 5th

On Saturday, June 18, the Alaska House of Representatives adjourned the 4th Special Session of the 29th Legislature, and the Senate did the same the following day. I am deeply disappointed majority leadership failed to progress towards a balanced, fair and comprehensive fiscal plan to address the $3-billion state budget deficit.

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Should Quickly Act to Continue Insurance for Families of Police and Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty

Juneau – Common sense legislation to honor Alaska’s first responders and their families is stuck in committee in both the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska Senate. House Bill 4002 and Senate Bill 4002 would allow the State of Alaska to continue insurance coverage for spouses and dependents of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Flawed Oil and Gas Bill, What’s Ahead for the PFD?

On Monday, the Conference Committee on HB 247, the Oil & Gas Tax Credit Reform bill, was advanced and passed by both the House and the Senate. As introduced by the Governor, the bill was originally an aggressive reform to scale back costly subsidies by $500 million. The bill was dramatically changed through the Republican-controlled committee process to strip away nearly all savings and continue the unsustainable oil industry subsidies.

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NEWS: Democrats in Senate and House Call for Veterans Administration to Send Appeal Panel to Alaska

JUNEAU — Today, members of the Alaska Senate Democrats and the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition sent a letter to Laura Eskenazi, the Vice Chairman and Executive in Charge of the Board of Veterans Appeals, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, requesting immediate in-person proceedings in Alaska by the Board of Veterans Appeals.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Special Session Budget Compromise

On Tuesday, the Legislature passed a $4.6 billion operating budget, nearly $500 million less than last year and one of the smallest capital budgets in state history. Nearly $3.2 billion comes from the Constitutional Budget Reserve, the state’s savings account. The session now can be laser-focused on the revenue side of the equation, before our savings become depleted.

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