I hear it has been nothing but snow, snow and more snow back home! Students from around the state were here this week to advocate for the University system. I was proud of the students from UAF who I visited with, they were knowledgeable and professional. Go Nanooks!Read more
Thank you to everyone that came out for our District get together. It is good to see so many people involved with their state government. I cannot stress enough the importance of activism, those that give input and are active truly do set the direction of this state government. My number is to the right or respond to this email with even a short message.Read more
Yesterday a constituent called to ask why my most recent newsletter did not mention the oil and gas tax debate, the single most important issue before the legislature. I told him that I actually think about little else and I know that if we don’t get this one right, we might as well forget about the rest of state government because the Alaska we know and love will just dry up and go away.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
I’ve been closing out the state operating budget all week. If that sounds like I’ve been performing some vital and important function, I haven’t. I’ve been working on a small part of the long and complicated process that produces a budget every year. Without it, there’d be no public schools for your kids, no police to round up miscreants and no guards to keep them inside.Read more
What: Midsession Update with Senator Johnny Ellis and Representative Berta Gardner
When: Sunday, February 27th; 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Tudor Elementary; 1666 Cache Dr.
$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.
The political ads are starting. And when political ads begin, you start to wonder whether telling a fib is cheaper than telling the truth. Well, because political ads cost lots of money, and they tend to be more fib than truth. So, fibbing must be cheaper, right? Or, maybe in politics it’s just more effective to mislead people. Nah. No one would ever to that with a political ad.Read more