NEWS: Democrats Host Legislative Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Getting the Job Done

FAIRBANKS – Representatives David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), and Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) are holding a town hall meeting to discuss the current state of affairs during the first Special Session of the 29th Alaska Legislature. Topics will include the budget, education funding, senior benefits, and Medicaid reform an expansion. Lawmakers will also provide the opportunity for constituents to weigh in on spending priorities and cuts that should be considered.

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NEWS: Democrats Call For Return to Work

JUNEAU – The House Democratic Independent Coalition and the Senate Democrats will be holding a press availability at 1pm, TODAY, at the Anchorage LIO to discuss the disappointing lack of progress in the special session and to announce a plan of action for public hearings. 

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Special Session, Fairbanks Office and House Finance Meetings

The past 10 days of an extended and special session have been extremely productive as we negotiate a few items to get Governor Walker a balanced budget. Right now, the sticking points are Medicaid reform and expansion and a balanced budget with a commitment to education which I will speak to later. It is my hope that we can finish soon with our only Constitutional duty, to advance a budget.

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NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Pledges Continued Work and Negotiations in Juneau for Fully Funded Budget

JUNEAU – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition concurs with Governor Bill Walker in his call for lawmakers to continue working towards a fully funded budget before taking a break from the special session in Juneau. On Monday, without support from the 13 members of the Coalition, the House and Senate Majorities approved a FY 2016 budget that includes a five percent cut to public education and spending over $3 billion more than available revenue. This flawed budget could result in the elimination of vital state services as soon as August.

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NEWS: Alaska Legislature Passes Legislation to Expand the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

Juneau – The Alaska Legislature has passed legislation sponsored by Representative Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) and Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) to expand the popular Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks. House Bill 70 passed the Senate by a vote of 20-0 and passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 37-1.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: A little over a week left in Juneau!

The state’s $3.5-billion budget deficit has headlined most newspapers this session and overshadowed almost every other issue. My office has received hundreds of calls, emails, letters and messages on a variety of topics ranging from dramatic cuts to schools to the silencing of public radio and the elimination some benefits to seniors. I will personally read and listen to each and every communication and work to protect the critical and constitutionally-mandated functions of government.

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