Greetings from Juneau on this 77th day of the session. I hope that everyone enjoyed their Passover or Easter celebrations, and avoided being pranked on April Fools’ Day. 2018 is the first time in 62 years that Easter has occurred on April Fools’ Day.Read more
Debate on the Operating Budget this week reached a new intensity when on Monday an amendment to fund the first full Permanent Fund Dividend in two years passed on the House floor.Read more
I introduced amendment #1 to the operating budget to restore the full Permanent Fund Dividend to all Alaskans – and it passed 21 to 19.
Today, against my objections, my amendment was amended down to a smaller dividend amount. This is very disappointing.
I agree with former Governor Hammond’s arguments.
Working Towards A Budget for a Safer and Stronger Alaska
Rep. Kawasaki working on the House Floor
The budget is currently on hold as the House continues to negotiate for more Republican votes to pass it to the Senate. This budget protects and improves public safety, education, health care and the University, which have already experienced substantial cuts over the last several years. After making additional careful cuts and increasing efficiency, I will support this budget.
I hope every one is enjoying the budding spring weather! Despite the snow in Juneau earlier this week, it is starting to look a little bit like spring. Meanwhile, the legislature is right in the thick of passing an Operating Budget.Read more
I will keep pushing for a fair and needed budget plan, so Alaska doesn’t keep – for a fourth year in a row -deficit spending its way through what little remains of our disappearing savings accounts. I’ve written about that before.Read more
I am excited to report a major step forward in efforts to better coordinate and utilize state resources dedicated to early childhood in Alaska. When it comes to young children, there is no line between early education and early development. You really can’t have one without the other, and there is no more important time for children to learn and grow than during their earliest years.Read more
Want to talk with me about the budget, important legislation, or other issues on your mind? Stop by the Jewel Lake Kaladi Brothers this Saturday from 11:30am – 1pm and let’s touch base!Read more