NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Supports Governor Bill Walkers Medicaid Expansion Legislation

Juneau – The 13 members of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition support the Medicaid expansion legislation unveiled Tuesday by Governor Bill Walker.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Busy Weekend in Fairbanks

I will be in town this weekend and will host a public a public forum on Saturday to give Fairbanksans an update on the progress of the 29th Alaska Legislature. The forum will be held at the Raven Landing Center 1222 Cowles Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. I look forward to reconnecting with Fairbanks and spending my birthday weekend at home.

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NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki to Host Constituent Meeting

Fairbanks – Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) will host a constituent meeting Saturday to update Fairbanksans on the progress of the 29th Alaska Legislature. The forum will be held in the Raven Landing Center at 1222 Cowles Street from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fairbanksans are invited to discuss a variety of topics including the current budget, natural gas, education, marijuana and Medicaid expansion.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Cheers, Beers and Budget

The House of Representatives passed the operating budget late last night after the House Independent Democratic Coalition offered 21 amendments and the Republican leadership rejected all of them. These amendments would have restored early education, prevented teacher layoffs across the state, improved our University of Alaska system, expanded Medicaid, improved public safety and restored promises to our seniors benefit recipients.

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NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Unites in Opposition to Operating Budget that Harms Kids, Seniors and the Neediest of Alaskans

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Thursday night without the support of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition. All 13 members voted no because the budget harms seniors and children while protecting corporate interests and unaffordable projects. The Republican budget includes the total elimination of pre-k programs and a significant $32 million cut in funding for K-12 public education. Overall, the budget deficit still remains $3.5 billion. The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition proposed millions of dollars in spending cuts while supporting efforts to protect education, seniors and kids.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: PUBLIC ALERT: Budget Testimony

We Need to Hear from You! The budget will be heard in the Finance meetings all week before it is voted on by the House in the near future. As you may have heard, we have an enormous $3.5 billion deficit due to lower oil production and prices under the “Oil Wealth Giveaway”. Here is a snapshot of some of the budget highlights that we will consider this week.

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