Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: The Budget- Process and Public Testimony, Anchorage Caucus Recap, Survey

Everyone in the Legislature understands that the budget is the most important issue that we will consider this year. We are now 44 days into the 90 day legislative session, and you now have the opportunity to exercise your right to be heard on the budget. The Legislature is in the process of making tough decisions about government programs and services, the level at which we will fund programs and changes, and how to continue a strong state economy. Hearing from you about your thoughts and suggestions about the budget is always helpful as we continue to discuss and make decisions about the budget.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Anchorage Caucus and Operating Budget Public Testimony

There are a couple of great opportunities for public testimony in the next week. I always value feedback from West Anchorage residents and neighbors in order to better represent you. Please let me know if you ever have any issues or concerns!

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News: Anchorage Legislative Caucus Public Hearing Schedule for Saturday

JUNEAU – On Wednesday, the Anchorage Legislative Caucus announced its next public hearing in Anchorage will be February 28, 2015 at the Loussac Library. Representative Matt Claman (D-Anchorage) is the new Democratic co-chair of the Anchorage Legislative Caucus and will co-chair the meeting with Representative Liz Vazquez (R-Anchorage), the Republican co-chair of the caucus.

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Rep. Claman’s Alaska Matters: ISOs, Marijuana, and Community Updates

A goal for both the Legislature and the Walker-Mallot Administration is delivering affordable energy to all Alaskans. Alaska is a resource rich state, yet the cost of energy is very high in Fairbanks and many rural communities. Of course, keeping consumer costs down and affordable in Anchorage will always be a top priority. Here in Juneau, we’ve been learning about an innovative way to address Railbelt electricity costs that I would like to share with you.

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Rep. Claman’s Alaska Matters: Medicaid Expansion, HB4 AEDs, Back in District, Community Events

The budget continues to be the largest driver this legislative session. Every department is being carefully scrutinized, and legislators are asking tough questions about the effectiveness of each program. I am taking a common sense approach and looking for cost savings for the state. Please let me know if you have thoughts or suggestions regarding the budget or any other issue.

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NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Will Work to Protect Values Threatened by Ongoing Fiscal Crisis

JUNEAU – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition released the following statement on Governor Bill Walker’s proposed FY 2016 budget.

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Rep. Claman’s Alaska Matters: Mega Projects Update, Marijuana Dogs, Anchorage Events

The budget and the legalization of recreational marijuana continue to be big themes this legislative session. The Legislature is waiting for Governor Walker’s detailed budget so we can start discussions and make decisions about program funding. Look for a survey in your mailbox that asks questions like, “What should be the Legislature’s top priorities in funding governmental services?” In the meantime, feel free to call or email me with your comments and suggestions.

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