Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: TODAY: Operating Budget Testimony Begins

The Budget is a Moral Document

For the first half of the 90-day session, the House has been working diligently in budget subcommittees to learn the needs, challenges and areas for reductions and investments in the state Operating Budget. This budget funds stuff like troopers, parks and recreation, schools and the general, daily operations for our state. We will tackle the issue of a capital budget for roads, rails, runways and energy projects at a later time. Education, protecting our oil wealth, and ensuring adequate health and human services were some of the critical operating budget issues we have been studying.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Alaska Operating Budget: Public Testimony on Tuesday

On Tuesday, March 5th, 4:00 to 5:15pm, the House Finance Committee will take public testimony from Anchorage residents on the state’s operating budget for the coming year. This will be the main opportunity to give input on Alaska’s funding priorities.

Where: Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 716 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 200
When: Tuesday, March 5th, 4:00 to 5:15pm (come 15 minutes early to sign up)

Length of testimony: 2 minutes

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Rep. Tarr’s Newsletter: We Want to Hear From You: Budget Hearings Tomorrow

This week, the House Finance committee is reviewing the operating budget for the State of Alaska. This is the time for you to comment. Below, I’ve highlighted a few changes to programs that may or may not affect you.

Make your voice heard

If you’re located in Anchorage, they will be hearing testimony on the Operating Budget from 4 – 5:15 PM on Tuesday, March 4. To testify, go to the Anchorage Legislative Information Office located at 716 W 4th Ave. Public comment will be LIMITED TO 2 MINUTES EACH. Please limit your testimony to this time.

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Note from Rep. Gara: Public Testimony on Budget Tomorrow; Are We Building an Artificial Fiscal Cliff to Tumble Off?

Houston, we have a problem! If you’d like to testify tomorrow on the operating budget before the House Finance committee, you’ll need some information, and it’s provided below.

The State seems to be building its own fiscal cliff to tumble over.

How? By creating a $1 – 1.5 billion deficit through a poorly crafted oil tax giveaway. The biggest part of the tax break gives away $1.5 billion or more in state revenue when oil prices are high.

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Rep. Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: It’s Time to Focus on Education; Also: Budget Public Testimony Next Week

Today is the 46th day of the 90-day session. We’re just past the half-way mark and still there hasn’t been an open discussion on how to improve Alaska’s schools. It’s high time we did so.

Next week, you’ll have the opportunity to provide your opinion on the operating budget before the House Finance Committee. Also next week, U.S. Senator Begich will address the Legislature. See below for details.

Thank you for reading my newsletter. I enjoy hearing from you, so please stop by the office, call, write or email.

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Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: School Vouchers, Pizza Party, State Operating Budget Testimony March 5

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

You may already be aware that earlier this week the Anchorage Daily News published a Compass article I wrote about the School Voucher discussion that is currently taking place in the capital. The Item in question is House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1).

HJR1 is an attempt to amend the language of the Alaskan Constitution, which currently states: “No money shall be paid from public funds for the direct benefit of any religious or other private educational institution.”

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