Alaska remains one of only six states that have no medical school and the only state without a law school. Alaska has a shortage of doctors which is likely to worsen as the state’s population increases and ages. The cost of healthcare and legal services will only continue to rise. That is why it is time to invest in education and build the workforce Alaska will need for the next 20 years…Read more
I am going home this weekend and will be hosting a constituent meeting tomorrow. Do you have kudos? Complaints? Comments? I am happy to hear all of them and carry your message back to Juneau with me!Read more
$2 Billion Gamble?
The Governor’s corporate oil tax break bill is currently being heard in the House Resources Committee. From the studies by the Department of Revenue and the Legislature, there is no direct evidence that this bill will lead to any new jobs or development in Alaska.
JUNEAU – Representatives Les Gara and Chris Tuck (both D-Anchorage), and Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) made the case for increasing early childhood development efforts in Alaska. The representatives highlighted the economic returns of preschool education to Alaskan children, their families, and to the state as a whole, and they offered specific solutions for how Alaska can start realizing those benefits.Read more
Today, the House Fisheries Committee moved a resolution urging the federal government not to approve the sale of genetically modified salmon, often referred to in Alaska as “Frankenfish.” Sponsors of the legislation ( HJR 8 ) were pleased the committee saw it fit to allow the resolution to continue on the path to final passage. Afterward, they reiterated the importance of maintaining the purity of Alaska’s wild fish stocks.Read more
House Joint Resolution 8 (HJR8) is introduced to urge the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to deny any application to sell genetically engineered salmon in the United States. HJR8 also calls on Congress to enact product labeling requirements that include the words “Genetically Modified” which are prominently displayed on the package if the application is approved by the FDA.Read more
Three legislators urge governor to join anti-gouging efforts Today several Democratic legislators again applauded Gov. Sean Parnell’s attempts to holdRead more
“Alaska’s Oil, Alaska’s Jobs Act” uses tax breaks to encourage industry to hire Alaska residents JUNEAU – Alaska’s oilRead more