NEWS: Democrats Move Pro-Job, Public Education and Cost-Saving Budget Amendments

JUNEAU – Today, Alaska House Democratic legislators offered a series of amendments to the state operating budget to improve public education, promote workforce development, and trim wasteful spending.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: North to Alaska: Ventures in the Interior

I have been fortunate all summer to attend many community events, meeting with friends, new and old, from our midtown district as well as the greater Anchorage area. Recently, I took a trip to the Interior to attend the Chena Renewable Energy Fair as part of my duties with the House Special Committee on Energy. While I was in the north country, I had several other meetings to better educate myself on issues facing Alaskans.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Save Our Schools

In several of my previous newsletters, I focused on what I believe are detrimental cuts to education. This week a welcomed wave of public support for education funding crashed down on the legislature.

Also, a big congratulations to the to the East High School boys’ basketball team for winning the State Championship! Way to go T-birds!

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Legislature Gives University Regents Process to Remove Members for Cause

Bill protects Board of Regents from adverse actions of individual members

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska Legislature passed legislation creating a process for the University of Alaska Board of Regents to remove a regent for cause. The bill is a carefully crafted response to the unfortunate situation in 2007 where a regent refused to step down while being prosecuted for fraud.

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House Bill 38 “University Institutes of Law and Medicine”

Alaska remains one of only six states that have no medical school and the only state without a law school. Alaska has a shortage of doctors which is likely to worsen as the state’s population increases and ages. The cost of healthcare and legal services will only continue to rise. That is why it is time to invest in education and build the workforce Alaska will need for the next 20 years…

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