Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Arctic Executive Steering Committee Visits Fairbanks, Hospice Fundraiser

Last week I had the opportunity to volunteer for the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital at their annual hospice benefit concert at the UAF Davis Concert Hall. Each year the Far North Fiddle Fest takes place to bring awareness to this important program. It was great seeing people from the community come out to help support interior hospice, as well as enjoy some of the country’s best fiddlers.

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NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki Working to Build Better Relationships with Political and Business Leaders in Japan

FAIRBANKS – Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) is in Japan as part of the 2015 Asian American Leadership Delegation (AALD) program. From September 25 to October 3, the Delegation will travel to Tokyo and Kyoto to meet with Japanese political, government, business, and non-profit leaders. AALD is funded by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and implemented by the U.S.-Japan Council (USJC), in collaboration with the National Asian Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Coastal Trail Land Swap and Medicaid Expansion Lawsuit

It has been an exciting past week for Alaska and West Anchorage! The flurry from the President’s visit is quieting down while flurries of termination dust begin to appear at the tops of the Chugach. And great news for West Anchorage: Mayor Berkowitz put the proposed Coastal Trail land swap on hold.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Medicaid Expansion Today! Also President Obama Visits and Local Construction Updates

Growing a Healthy Alaska –
Last Friday, Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner rejected a costly request by the Republicans for an injunction and said that Governor Walker’s administration could begin with planned Medicaid Expansion today. This is a positive step in ensuring health care is accessible to all Alaskans.

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Rep. Wool’s Newsletter: Why is the State of Alaska Suing Itself?! And Fox Spring Update

It’s been a pretty bizarre week in the Legislature. The Legislative Council voted 10-1 to sue the state to attempt to prevent Medicaid expansion from providing 40,000 Alaskans access to healthcare while saving the state millions of dollars a year. I won’t go into all of the details about why expansion is good for Alaska and good for Fairbanks, but you can read the article I wrote for the Fairbanks Daily News Miner last month.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Conferences & the Ambler Mining District Road

Over the past couple of weeks I have been in and out of the state attending conferences in the Seattle area. These conferences allow like-minded policy makers (and also those from opposing positions) to gather to discuss issues, strategies, and network with each other. I tried to organize my conference schedules so that they would all take place around the same time. This way I could spend more of my time here in Alaska.

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NEWS: New Report Questions Wisdom of Large Oil and Gas Tax Credits

ANCHORAGE – A new report from the Alaska Department of Revenue shows a substantial negative effect on the finances of the State of Alaska from large oil and gas tax credits. The report concludes that North Slope oil and gas production tax credits may be an inferior investment for Alaska compared to investing in the Constitutional Budget Reserve Fund. 

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Rep. Guttenberg’s Newsletter: Fox Spring Well Comment Period Open

The 2015 Legislative session and subsequent special sessions have finally come to a close. It was a long tough road and in the end the House and Senate came to a compromise that included keeping education funding and honoring employee contracts.

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