NEWS: New Report: 2014 Education Law, 2015 Budget Proposals Lag Education Far behind Inflation Cost Increases

Juneau – A new legislative research report requested by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) shows that public education funding will fall behind inflation next school year, under either the GOP’s three year plan passed last year, or the Governor’s proposed revisions. A number of school districts will likely cut teachers and other educational staff under both proposals. These cuts come on top of the loss of over 600 staff in Alaska’s largest school districts in fiscal years 2011-2014.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Fairbanks this weekend!

On Saturday, February 14, the Interior Delegation and I will host a public forum to discuss the progress of the last three weeks in Juneau and what direction we can take the 29th Alaska State Legislature. We will be covering some difficult and interesting topics this session and your input is vital in making sure Fairbanks continues to be a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to reconnecting with neighbors and friends while having a candid conversations about how we can improve our state.

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NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Will Work to Protect Values Threatened by Ongoing Fiscal Crisis

JUNEAU – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition released the following statement on Governor Bill Walker’s proposed FY 2016 budget.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Significant Development For Fairbanks Natural Gas

Last week, Governor Walker announced that our state-owned corporation, The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), will purchase Fairbanks Natural Gas (FNG). This is an important development in the immediate goal to bring affordable energy to the Interior. I applaud the Governor to keeping with his commitment to help our delegation solve the energy issue in Fairbanks.

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NEWS: House Minority Members Respond to Governor’s State of the Budget Address

JUNEAU – Alaska Governor Bill Walker presented his first State of the Budget address Thursday night. Governor Walker outlined both short and long-term plans to deal with a daunting fiscal crisis brought on by declining oil production and prices. The House Minority, made up of Democrats and an Independent, appreciates the care Governor Walker took in suggesting ideas for the Alaska Legislature to consider in the coming months.

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NEWS: Legislation Introduced to Expand the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

JUNEAU – Today Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) and Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) introduced legislation to expand the popular Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks. House Bill 70 would add four state owned parcels to the popular recreation area. Rep’s Wool and Kawasaki both cited their personal experiences with the refuge as inspiration for sponsoring this bill.

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