NEWS: Make Senior Benefits Permanent, Democrats Say

JUNEAU – Today, Democratic legislators in the Alaska state House and Senate announced legislation to reauthorize and make permanent the Senior Benefits Program, currently set to expire June 30, 2015.

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NEWS: Label GMOs: Alaskans Have a Right to Know What’s in Their Food

Today, Representative Scott Kawasaki pre-filed legislation to ensure Alaskans know whether the foods they are buying have been genetically engineered and to what extent. The legislation (HB219) would require all genetically modified (GMO) food sold in Alaska to be labeled clearly with information related to whether and how it was genetically modified.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Neighbor!

This time of year in Fairbanks is beautiful, if cold. I hope the warmth of the season reaches you as you spend time with family and loved ones. The interim has gone by quickly and I have been busy preparing for the upcoming Legislative session in January. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of you who are doing great work for our community and I can’t wait to support these efforts down in Juneau.

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NEWS: No Raises for Governor, Cabinet While Alaska Suffers Budget Cuts

With $2 billion deficit from the governor’s oil giveaway, Alaska cannot afford raises

Today, Representative Les Gara and Representative Scott Kawasaki announced they are filing legislation to prevent recently recommended pay raises for the governor and his top cabinet members from taking effect while Alaskans suffer from cuts to state services and the state is depleting its savings.

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NEWS: It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Oil Wealth Giveaway increases deficit now, undercuts ability to replenish savings later

A small budget is not surprising, but the lost opportunities for Alaskans and inability to replenish state savings accounts due to recent changes to the state’s oil tax will cost Alaska in the future, said House Democratic leadership today in response to Governor Parnell’s proposed budget.

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The Juneau Note from Rep. Kawasaki: Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Neighbors,

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow and I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I often write about the warmth and generosity of our community and believe that we live up to our title of “The Golden Heart City”. There are dozens of worthy charitable organizations, churches and groups that help those in need. They need our support year round and especially during the holiday season.

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NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki Applauds New Accountability in Legislative Office Accounts

Today, Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) released the following statement applauding the Legislative Council decision to make legislative office accounts more accountable to the public. Kawasaki introduced legislation (HB97) in the last legislative session to address the lack of accountability and transparency in the office accounts policy implemented in January of this year.

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