Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Capital Budget Update; Time is Counting Down;

The Capital Budget is one of the last items to pass at the end of session. The budget contains all of the funds for construction of roads and buildings and special appropriations for one-time items requested by communities. This year, I focused on projects to improve the quality of life, improve energy availability and major state responsibilities including education and state infrastructure. The budget contains some of these important projects for the Fairbanks. The state received thousands of requests that total several billion dollars to 432 communities. Though they are all important to the someone, the Senate had to do a good job of cutting out all but the essential priorities.

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Legislature Requests TSA Hearings in Alaska

Air travel, airport procedures of upmost importance to Alaskans

JUNEAU – Today, fifty-nine of sixty members of the Alaska Legislature sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs requesting hearings be held in Alaska on the often invasive procedures used by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA).

“Alaskans depend on air travel more than most other Americans,” said Rep. Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage) who drafted the letter and gathered signatures from his colleagues in the State House. “The committee needs to hear from Alaskans about our unique concerns.”

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Committee Rooms Closing Down; What’s Left To Do;

With a short, 90-day session, the Legislature is stumbling through the last few days with haste. It is at such a pace, that this email will be out-dated by the time you finish reading my notes. I’ll try to keep this message brief, but will also update you as things progress through these final days of session.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Constituent Meeting Success; Training Our Own; Tax Breaks for Big Oil Producers;

The constituent meeting in Fairbanks was a huge success. Thanks to everyone who was able to take time out of a busy and sunny spring day to attend. There were so many of you who attended that we exceeded the maximum capacity of the room! Once again, thank you for coming to express your comments and concerns. I look forward to updating you all on these final days of the session.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Meeting Fairbanks Families; HB110 Public Testimony;

I will host my second and final constituent meeting this Saturday, March 26th. This will be the final time we will be able to meet until the end of session to have a dialogue on Alaska’s future. There is a lot going on down here in Juneau and you can provide valuable input that I can take back to the Capital. The operating budget has moved to the Senate Finance Committee where they are hearing public testimony.

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Rep. Scott Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Advice Time for the Budget! Energy Solutions for Fairbanks;

The House passed an $8.9-billion operating budget last week. The Senate Finance Committee will hear the budget next and will be taking public testimony next week. It is important that you have your say! The Senate will hear from thousands of Alaskans on every budget item and use the information to amend the current budget as necessary.

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Frankenfish Opposition Earns Rep. Kawasaki Legislator of the Year Award

Kawasaki one of five legislators to earn award from Alaska Youth for Environmental Action

JUNEAU – Today, students from around Alaska presented Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) with Alaska Youth for Environmental Action’s Legislator of the Year award for his work opposing genetically-modified salmon, often referred to as “Frankenfish.” Rep. Kawasaki is one of five legislators receiving the award this year.

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