NEWS: Alaska House Passes Time-Sensitive Legislation to Help School Districts

Juneau – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 135, sponsored by Representative Dean Westlake (D-Kiana). HB 135 will specifically affect appropriations made under the Educational Facilities Maintenance and Construction Fund, where current law allows school districts three years to identify and secure their portion of matching funds.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Public Testimony on Oil Subsidies and Fiscal Plan

It’s now Day 66 of the 90 day session. Despite delays on the budget process I discussed last week, the legislature continues to move forward in an effort to protect our economy and avoid any more special sessions. The House Majority believes we should respect timeline and get done on time with a balanced budget and significant deficit reduction plans.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Common Ground and Elections!

On Saturday, October 1, I attended an all-day Fiscal Policy Summit sponsored by Alaska Common Ground. Subjects included: (1) Our Fiscal System and Deep Structural Deficit; (2) Impacts of Fiscal Solutions on Jobs and Incomes; (3) Oil and Gas Tax Credits; (4) Scenarios for Fiscal Solutions; (5) the Anchorage Economy; (6) the Case for Budget Cuts, and related topics.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Safer Streets, Better Schools

Please join me for a Neighborhood Forum this Wednesday, September 28th from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at Central Middle School. Share your thoughts, and let’s talk about the issues that concern you most. I and Tax Division Director Ken Alper will present some information on our staggering deficit, as well as the options for action that must be taken to fix it. And let’s talk schools, public safety, and what you want to see for this state and the next generation.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Safer Streets, Better Schools

We have all been shaken by a crime spree that has made many people feel unsafe across Anchorage. The same holds true for many communities across Alaska. While police protection is largely a city issue, and I believe the Mayor wants to address the issue, there is a state role for state legislators too. I was not, and am not, happy with legislation passed last year by conservative leaders that massively cut the amount of help communities receive from the state for things like police and firefighters. Public safety isn’t free, and I voted against that legislation, which will cut the help Anchorage receives for these basic services by roughly 67%, or $9 million over two years.

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: RUSSIAN JACK COMMUNITY PICNIC, SKATE PARK RIBBON-CUTTING & CC MEETINGS

This Sunday, August 28th, I hope to see you at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new skate park located at the Polar Bear Park! In 2012, the Anchorage Park Foundation received a $250,000 State Legislative Grant for the project and began working closely with northeast residents to identify an appropriate site for the new skate park. Construction began this June and concluded at the beginning of August. The new skate park has quickly become the popular new skateboarding hub. I am proud to say that the Russian Jack Community Council was a strong champion for the new skateboarding facility. They are excited that North Russian Jack Springs Park will continue to promote healthy lifestyles and activities, as well as serve as a venue to encourage youth to safely pursue their interests. I hope you can make it, and don’t forget your skateboards!

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