Rep. Kito’s May 12th Newsletter: Fiscal Plan Progress Update

The 121-day Constitutional end-of-session deadline is fast-approaching and progress has slowed dramatically. We are starting to hear of some movement in the Senate, but actions on HB115, the Education Funding Act, have become a challenge.

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NEWS: Rep. Parish Wants Input from Juneau Residents on Alaska’s Fiscal Future

Juneau – Representative Justin Parish (D-Juneau) is seeking the input of Juneau residents on priorities that must be achieved before the end of the current legislative session in Juneau. Rep. Parish is holding a town hall meeting Tuesday to gather input and to brief residents on the status of efforts to pass a comprehensive fiscal plan to solve Alaska’s $2.7 billion budget gap and respond to the ongoing recession.

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Rep. Parish’s May 1st Newsletter: BREAKING: DOT Jobs Saved in Juneau

I am pleased to announce that Governor Walker has directed the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) to not pursue a feasibility study to support the possibility of fully privatizing the DOT&PF design function. In addition to that, the 76 vacant positions previously scheduled for elimination will be preserved in FY18.

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NEWS: Rep. Parish Praises Governor Walker’s Decision to Preserve Essential State Jobs

Juneau – Representative Justin Parish (D-Juneau) is praising a decision by Governor Walker that will preserve essential state jobs and prevent layoffs that could impact Alaska’s roads, bridges, airports, and public buildings. Rep. Parish has learned that Governor Walker decided not to pursue a costly feasibility study to examine fully privatizing the design functions of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities. The Governor’s decision preserves hundreds of state jobs threatened by a successful privatization effort.

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Rep. Kito’s April 17th Newsletter: Session Overtime Begins

As of Sunday, April 16th we have passed through the statutory end of session, and we are now officially into overtime. Our state budget has passed the House and the Senate, but we have not yet started the conference committee process. There is still work to do on our fiscal plan, and this week we took a major step towards sustainability. With the passage of House Bill 111 and House Bill 115, and passage of the House amendments to Senate Bill 26, we have all of the pieces out on the table to get us much closer to a comprehensive fiscal plan – you can read this for more information.

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Rep. Parish’s April 7th Newsletter: Day 90 is coming up fast, but Spring is already here!

Hello friends and neighbors in Juneau and across Alaska! Day 90 is coming up fast, but Spring is already here! I went outside today and it wasn’t even cold! This week’s edition is focused on our public education system. Our state is struggling with a faltering economy and with social problems such as child-abuse and drug-addiction. I believe prevention is our best option, that begins with a well-funded public education system.

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