Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Big Things Are Happening!

Throughout the first month of the session we have been holding budget subcommittees which afforded us the opportunity to do high level program overviews. We have been hearing from various departments about what is working, what they can do better, and how we can restructure programs in a way that provides services people are asking for, while making informed choices about the fiscal realities facing the state. These subcommittees are winding down and will soon be releasing their recommendations. Once that happens, we can move forward with educated decision making regarding the state budget. I am resolute in my devotion to passing a sustainable budget with consistent revenue streams that are fair and equitable for all Alaskans.

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Rep. LeDoux’s Newsletter: February News

We gaveled into the 30th Legislature and are off to a busy start. I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges I will face in my new leadership role as House Rules Chair. Republican, Independent and Democrat legislators joined together to create the new Alaska House Majority Coalition. I am proud to report that this coalition represents all Alaskans, regardless of party affiliation or geographic location. We are working together to solve the State’s financial problems.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Community Update

I hope this finds you well and enjoying some winter fun. With all the great community activities going on (from sports to film festivals) there’s a lot to pick from. Below is just a sample – if you have others to share, let me know! As a heads-up, I’ll be in Gustavus this weekend, and I hope to see you there. As always, please keep in touch with any questions, comments, or notices.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Survivor Benefits Public Testimony, Pre-K and the Budget

I hope the beginning of 2017 is treating you and your family well as the 30th Alaska Legislature moves into its third week of session. My colleagues and I on the House Finance Committee are in full swing as each department provides overviews to the committee and subcommittees on their budget. We are focusing on whether a program in a department meets their mission and will consider elimination, modifications or enhancements to ensure the departments are meeting those missions. The House Majority Coalition does not encourage a cuts-only approach, but we recognize there are efficiencies in the way our government is structured.

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EVENT: Rep. Tarr to Discuss Equal Pay for Women in Alaska This Morning

Juneau – Sunday marked the 8th anniversary of the signing of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to help with the effort to ensure equal pay for women. The act also helps prevent discriminatory practices that prevent women from having the same employment opportunities as men. The Act was the first piece of legislation signed by former President Barack Obama shortly after he took office in 2009.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: State of the State

Session kicked off last week and is now in full swing. As we begin hearing legislation, the budget remains front and center. The Governor welcomed us back to Juneau with the State of the State address in which he discussed the need to pass a responsible budget to close the $3 billion dollar deficit. He also addressed the growing opioid epidemic.

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