Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters February 2nd Newsletter

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As we continue to prioritize the budget, finance subcommittees have started to hear from various departments on the impacts of budget cuts over the last three years. Finance subcommittees will continue to meet until February 23, the final day for budget closeouts before the subcommittee recommendations are sent to the full House Finance Committee. Meetings are broadcast on Gavel Alaska. Many lawmakers are optimistic about finishing our work in 90 days.

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Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters January 26th newsletter: State of the State & Education Funding

Last week, Governor Walker welcomed us back to Juneau with the State of the State address. He emphasized the need to revitalize our economy by passing a responsible action plan that reduces Alaska’s budget deficit while maintaining core public services and improving public safety.

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Rep. Claman’s November 22nd Newsletter: Giving Thanks & End of Fourth Special Session

Happy Thanksgiving! As we congregate with friends, family, and good food, let’s remind one another of all we have to be grateful for. May we also be mindful of those in need and take time to share a smile and lend a helping hand.

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NEWS: Alaska Senate Jeopardizes Legislative Action to Address Crime

Juneau – With a vote earlier today, the Alaska State Senate jeopardized the stiffer criminal penalties included in Senate Bill 54 to respond to the recent spike in crime in Alaska. By refusing to fix constitutional problems with the bill through a conference committee, the Senate has guaranteed the bill will be litigated, which would leave in place the lenient sentencing guidelines included in last year’s omnibus criminal justice reform bill.

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