Rep. Adam Wool’s E-News Update: Veto Override Joint Session July 10

Thank you to the many thousands of Alaskans who are staying engaged during this critical time for our State. I have heard from hundreds of my constituents regarding the Governor’s vetoes, and I appreciate the personal stories I have received as well as all the advocacy that has been done for the University, arts, Medicaid, homeless assistance funding, and the many other programs and services that would be affected by the Governor’s budget vetoes.

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Alaska State House District 33 Legislative Update

Welcome to my in-between special sessions Legislative Update. First, a few highlights on where the Legislature is at since the end of the 1st special session and before heading into the 2nd special session. We were able to pass the crime bill (see my last Legislative Update for more information), the operating budget and the capital budget. The Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) is still unresolved and funding for K-12 education may be heading to court.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Let’s Work Together Instead of Dropping Political Bombs

Governor Dunleavy is getting good at dropping bombs into Alaska’s politics. His proposed budget cutting $1.6 billion in essential state services was certainly a political bomb. The latest bomb got dropped on Friday when the Governor slashed up the hard-fought budget compromise with his red veto pen. The damage from this political bomb will be felt in every city and village in Alaska. Instead of working with the Alaska Legislature on a responsible budget that helps build a better Alaska, the Governor decided instead to embrace the political discord of the day and lay waste to institutions like the University of Alaska and the Senior Benefits Program through his veto power.

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