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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: The Budget Passes the House and the Children’s Caucus Meets

The legislative session is hitting its high gear as the debate over the state budget moves from the House to the Senate. I cast a yes vote for the budget that came out of the House, but I am aware it’s not perfect. However, it is a good budget. It is the responsible alternative to the unworkable budget proposal put forward by Governor Dunleavy. Now, the next move belongs to the State Senate.

Improving Public Safety

It is a busy time in the State Capitol. The House passed its version of the Operating Budget for FY2020 last week, which makes more than $200 million in achievable reductions to the size of state government and protects our vulnerable populations, education system, roads and workforce. Reducing the footprint of government is a multi-year effort to carry out.

Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Consideration of Governor’s Appointees

Last week, the House passed the operating budget, House Bill 39, and identified over $200 million in cuts, such as: $72.9 million in Medicaid efficiencies, $13 million in the Department of Corrections (efficiencies were based on encouraging the use of electronic monitoring and halfway houses in an effort to keep prisoners in-state while saving money), and $14.5 million to the Department of Transportation.

Rep. Adam Wool’s Update from Juneau: House Budget News

Last Thursday, the House passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) operating budget, with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents voting to pass a budget which aims to protect Alaska’s education, public safety, transportation, and health care programs. While I do not feel that the budget is perfect, it is a great improvement on the budget proposed by the governor two months ago.