Rep. Kawasaki’s October 18th Newsletter: Public Safety & 4th Special Session

Earlier this month, as Chair of the Departments of Public Safety and Corrections budgets for the House Finance Committee, I held hearings to provide the public and legislators the opportunity to learn more about the impact of budget cuts since 2014 on law enforcement and incarceration. My colleague Rep. Jason Grennalso held hearings on the Public Defenders Agency in the Dept of Administration and the Dept of Law for state prosecutors. You can find all presentation materials online here.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s September 25th Newsletter: 9/28 Senior Benefits & 10/23 Special Session Updates

This year I introduced HB 236, which would extend the Senior Benefits Program to the year 2022. Without action, modest monthly cash assistance to low-income seniors would end in June of 2018. Learn more about the bill and the program online here under the documents tab.

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NEWS: Input Needed on Importance of the Alaska Senior Benefits Program

Anchorage – A statewide listening session on the future of the vital Alaska Senior Benefits Program will be held next week to gather input from Alaskan. The program is currently scheduled to sunset in June 2018. The listening session on Thursday, September 28 is sponsored by the House Health and Social Services Subcommittee on the Senior Benefits Program. The Subcommittee, chaired by Representative Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage), will be taking public input on House Bill 236 to extend the program until 2022.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s September 12th Newsletter: Sept 20 Constituent Town Hall in Fairbanks

After nearly 6 full months in Juneau this year, it’s great to be home in the district and see many of you around town. Here’s a quick update about my upcoming constituent meeting, the municipal election on October 3, and other entertaining events around town.

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NEWS: Representative Scott Kawasaki to Host Constituent Town Hall in Fairbanks

Fairbanks – Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) invites Fairbanks community members and neighbors to a public town hall on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Auditorium of the Noel Wien Public Library. Among many issues to be discussed include details on the 2017 legislative session, the potential October Special Session, the state’s budget deficit, public safety concerns, construction updates, public education and issues raised by President Donald Trump.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s July 18th Newsletter: Oil Taxes, Capital Budget and Great Fairbanks Events

Late last Saturday night, the House and Senate formed a compromise on HB 111 to eliminate cash credits to oil companies. The House passed the bill by a vote of 33-6 and Senate passed it 18-0. After weeks of negotiating, the bill is estimated to save the state about $200 million per year by ending the cash subsidies retroactively to July 1, 2017 over 10 years. With some limitations, companies can instead claim tax deductions when they start producing oil.

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NEWS: Special Session Compromise; End Cash Credits Now

Anchorage – The Alaska House Majority Coalition has communicated a proposed compromise to the Alaska Senate Majority to address oil tax credit reform, which is the subject of the ongoing Second Special Session of the 30th Alaska State Legislature. Coalition members support changes to House Bill 111 to end the practice of paying oil companies cash subsidies for certain tax credits. This is expected to save the State of Alaska an estimated $1.5 billion over the next ten years.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s June 23rd Newsletter: Government Shutdown Averted in Compromise Budget

Late last night, the Alaska State House passed a compromise operating budget with a bipartisan vote of 31 to 8. This budget is not ideal, but it is necessary to prevent a government shutdown on July 1 that would have devastated the economy and create unnecessary uncertainty for all Alaskans, visitors and businesses.

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