Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: We Need One More Yes Vote

Today, for the second time, the Alaska House of Representatives failed to fund a new capital appropriations bill that allows Alaska to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. The funding for the bill failed today by a single vote. Senate Bill 2002 also included the much talked about “reverse sweep” language to recapitalize the Power Cost Equalization Endowment Fund (PCE), the Higher Education Fund, the Vaccine Assessment Fund, and other special funds seized by Governor Dunleavy using an arcane provision in state law.

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Working Towards Compromise

This week the House Finance Committee heard from thousands of Alaskans from across the state and from all walks of life about the governor’s vetoes, the state budget, and the PFD. Many citizens pleaded with the legislature to protect programs and services they care deeply about. Others spoke of the need for further cuts. Various testifiers recommended paying a full PFD or, alternately, reducing the PFD to pay for services. Some said it’s time to talk taxes. Regardless of their perspective, it was an impressive showing of diverse Alaskans speaking out about what matters to them, their family, their business, their community, and their state.

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We have not yet begun to fight

The House and Senate are working in coordination to restore funds vetoed by Governor Dunleavy. We cannot allow his sadistic vetoes to send Alaska back into recession, to take shelter away from domestic violence survivors, to defund law enforcement, or to defund early education. Please consider testifying this week as the Finance Committee takes public testimony in Anchorage, the Mat-Su, and Fairbanks.

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A Crossroads – Not a Dead End

This has been a week of democracy in action! Hundreds of Alaskans in Juneau and thousands across the state have taken the time to express their despair about the vetoes. I appreciate all who have contacted me through email and phone and been moved by those who have personally participated to urge support for vital public services. My heart goes out to those who will be hurt by these cuts.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: I Voted to Override the Governor’s Dangerous Vetoes

On Wednesday, I proudly cast a vote to override the dangerous budget vetoes from Governor Dunleavy that threaten thousands of jobs and Alaska’s hard-fought economic recovery. Due to the intentional absence of many lawmakers, the vote to override the vetoes failed. While I am disappointed the Governor’s vetoes will stand, I am not giving up hope that through good-faith negotiations a deal can be reached to reverse many of the most dangerous cuts.

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