NEWS: Reps. Kawasaki and Tuck Propose the Creation of the State Bank of Alaska

Juneau – Representatives Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) have filed legislation to create a state bank as a public corporation of the State of Alaska. The Bank of Alaska would create new avenues for long-term economic growth by granting loans to Alaskan-owned businesses and emerging industries.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: House Concentrates on Passing Budget

This week, the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition and the Senate Democratic Caucus decided to follow the example of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention by proposing that all members of the Legislature put aside partisan politics and work together as one caucus of the whole.

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NEWS: Reps. Gruenberg and Claman Praise Today’s Bold and Inspirational State of the Judiciary Address

Juneau – Today, Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Craig Stowers gave the annual State of the Judiciary Address to the members of the Alaska House and Senate. In his speech, Chief Justice Stowers outlined, in great detail, how the Alaska Court system is working to streamline services and save money as Alaska is facing huge fiscal challenges. He also called on the members of the House and Senate to work together and make the hard decisions that are needed to allow Alaska to weather the current fiscal storm. Representative Max Gruenberg (D-Anchorage), a member of the House Finance Committee’s Courts Budget Subcommittee, praised Justice Stowers’ speech as an example for lawmakers to emulate as they consider how to address the nearly $4 billion budget deficit.

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NEWS: Rep. Guttenberg Hires a New Finance Aide

FAIRBANKS- Representative David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks) announced this week that he has hired a new finance aide. Kyle Campbell grew up in the Goldstream Valley and has been involved in local Fairbanks community organizations for most of his life. With a background heavily focused on science and community outreach, Campbell is looking forward to expanding his horizons while working for the Alaska State Legislature.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Legislative Updates and Constituent Meeting in the Park

Last Thursday, I voted to keep the Legislature working so we could pass a fully funded budget, provide access to affordable healthcare to all Alaskans through Medicaid expansion, and meet our constitutional duty to adequately fund public education. Instead, the House and Senate Majorities passed resolutions by straight party line votes that allow the Legislature to take a recess until May 12th. Senate and House Finance Committees will continue to meet, but the Legislature will not convene a floor session until May 12th.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: Southeast Spotlight: budgets, health care, and capitol creep

As we work our way through session, we have been fortunate to be able to visit with many constituents and advocacy groups. Thank you to those of you who have contacted us and come by our office. We appreciate hearing from you. Here’s where we find ourselves on the 35th legislative day.

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