Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins’ Newsletter: What Happened?! (Part 1)

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

What exactly did those yahoos over in Juneau do with your money?!

I’m writing a couple of newsletters to help make sense of the recently concluded legislative session, and the budget was a big part of it. After all, the Alaska Legislature basically does two things: we write laws and we write the budget. It’s good to know how much money we have and how much we’re spending.

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Rep. Drummond’s Dispatch: 2013 Final Notes from Juneau

Sunday, April 15 marked the final day of the 2013 legislative session, and there’s no doubt about it: This was a rough session.

The Giveaway Gang

The House Majority used their superior numbers to push through terrible legislation that could have a devastating impact on the lives of everyday Alaskans. SB21, the oil wealth giveaway bill, is going to remove about $1 billion a year from Alaska’s economy.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Historic Gamble to Give Away Alaska’s Oil Wealth

Dear Neighbors,

In a clear betrayal of public trust, last Saturday shortly after 2 a.m., a majority of members in the Alaska House of Representatives made the disastrous decision to give away a massive share of Alaska’s oil wealth to the most powerful and profitable corporations in the world—with no promise or guarantee of increased production or more oil in the pipeline.

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Note from Rep. Gara: The End (of Session) Is Near. Actually It Was Sunday – Breathe Deep and Read On

Dear Neighbors,

When I come down to Juneau I look forward to making progress, and working across party lines. And, in Juneau, to a lot of rain. And planes that can’t land because of fog. But also usually to a lot of friendly folks. Well, that was like looking forward to a good movie and ending up going into the wrong theater where Gigli was playing. Too obscure a reference? Forgot the box office disaster that threatened to force Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez to leave Hollywood to look for real jobs? Look it up on Wikipedia.

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NEWS: Anti-Frankenfish Resolution Passes Alaska House

Today, the Alaska State House approved a resolution (HJR5) by Representative Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage) opposing the federal Food and Drug Administration’s approval of Genetically Modified Salmon in the United States. This action brings the 28th Alaska State Legislature one step closer to joining the Alaska Congressional Delegation and the governor in standing with Alaska’s fishermen against “Frankenfish.”

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Legislation is moving fast

Education: Oh yeah. That happened.

“School vouchers” is a term you will hear discussed regularly this session. If education and school funding are important to you and your family then I urge you to pay attention. There are proponents of Constitutional changes to adopt a voucher system for corporate schools – but the danger hidden within this legislation is the number of children who will lose educational opportunities that are currently provided through a robust public education system. Right now, SJR9 is being fast-tracked through the Senate after being stripped of its Education Committee referral and is heading instead straight from the Judiciary to Finance committee.

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NEWS: Rep. Josephson Proposes Bills to Share More Oil Wealth with Local Communities

Bill would lower property taxes and bring the benefits of our oil wealth home to communities

JUNEAU – Today, Representative Andy Josephson (D-Anchorage) introduced legislation to increase the amount of Alaska’s oil revenues the state shares with local communities to reduce property taxes and fund necessary community services.

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