Since January, I have pushed for a quick and efficient legislative session. As we approach the voter supported 90-day limit, I am increasingly hopeful that we will wrap up business on time. We are waiting on the Senate to pass the budget before we can enter those end-of-session negotiations.Read more
Working Towards A Budget for a Safer and Stronger Alaska
Rep. Kawasaki working on the House Floor
The budget is currently on hold as the House continues to negotiate for more Republican votes to pass it to the Senate. This budget protects and improves public safety, education, health care and the University, which have already experienced substantial cuts over the last several years. After making additional careful cuts and increasing efficiency, I will support this budget.
Day 67: Quick Update As House Considers Budget Amendments
This week, my colleagues and I spent days on the House Floor to deliberate amendments to the state budget. As it stands, the budget for public services and statewide items is about 17.5 percent less in unrestricted general fund from four years ago. I will send another update early next week after the House version of the budget is in final form.
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.Read more
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
The House Finance Committee is continuing laser-focus on the budget in order to adjourn on time. In the days ahead, the budget will be amended in Finance Committee, then go to the House for a vote on the Floor before being referred to the Senate where the process will be repeated. But first and foremost, the public will have the opportunity to weigh in on our budget.Read more
It was great to visit with so many Fairbanks neighbors and friends this week in Juneau as they advocated for their priorities, including early education, local government support, smoke-free workplaces and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Between meetings, I have been working to ensure that we get our goals accomplished and adjourn on time.Read more
The legislative session continues in full force between bill hearings, budget process and meetings with constituents and Alaskans who come to Juneau to advocate for their cause. I also plan to come home to Fairbanks this upcoming weekend to meet with constituents! Read on for more details.Read more