Josephson E-blast Early May Edition

The House and Senate, via HB 287, appropriated $1.32 billion for K-12 next school year, the same amount as this year. This allows school districts to budget and avoid most teacher layoffs, but flat-funding education means cutting education. Inflation has eroded $90 million in education funding since 2014, resulting in 500+ fewer teachers and support staff, increased class sizes, and reduced programming. In its version of the bill, the Senate added $1.32 billion for the school year that begins September 2019, plus $30 million in one-time grants to school districts, if the House passes the Permanent Fund Draw,

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From the Desk of Representative Seaton: April 30, 2018

Greetings from Juneau on this 105th day of the session. Spring has definitely come to the capital city and legislators are anxious to get back home but the most contentious decisions are now in negotiation. The conference committees for both the operating budget HB 286, and SB 26 Approp Limit & Permanent Fund: Dividend; Earnings are formed, other members and I have been discussing priorities for our respective majority and minority caucuses….

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Important neighborhood events this weekend & quick Juneau update

Things are moving along quickly and we are getting close to adjournment of the 30th Alaska Legislature. I look forward to being home and visiting with many of you again soon. Below please find a quick update of what’s happening here, and a reminder of events happening in Anchorage this weekend. Next week we will include an update on personal legislation and other important bills.

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