Rep. Kawasaki Juneau Note March 16th, 2018: Budget & PFD Update, Senior Benefits Public Testimony

We are two-thirds into session and continue to be on track for a 90-day session! The House has already sent two appropriations bills to the Senate for review. We continue to meet to pass more bills to support a strong economy. The state budget is the topic of the week as the House Finance Committee prepares to move it onto the House Floor for a vote.

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Rep. Kawasaki Juneau Note March 11th: Public Testimony TODAY to Protect PFD

TODAY: Public Testimony to Protect the PFD. Rep. Kawasaki and Rep. Wool at Constituent meeting earlier this month
Tonight, the House Finance Committee will hear public testimony on House Joint Resolution 23, which is a constitutional amendment resolution that would be sent to voters on the November ballot. The resolution would ensure that Permanent Fund Dividends are in fact permanent and protect against the Senate plan to eliminate PFDs. Continued cutting of future PFDs is considered to be the most regressive tax against all Alaskans, no matter disability, age or income

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Net Neutrality Letter

Along with Senator Begich and Senator Wielechowski, I have introduced a package of legislation that would protect net neutrality in Alaska and urge Congress to overturn the unfortunate Federal Communications Commission order reversing net neutrality protections across the United States. Our legislation, HJR 31, HB 277, SJR 12, and SB 160 would ensure the internet remains an free and open place for unrestricted communication and commerce.

If you like, you may add your name to the list of net neutrality supporters in Alaska by signing this letter to the Alaska State Legislature. Your message will be entered as public testimony so that your voice is heard by every Representative and Senator in the Alaska State Legislature. Please contact me office if you have any questions about net neutrality, HB277, or HJR31. Thank you.

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