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Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain


March 9, 2018

In this issue:

•  Constituent Survey Results

•  Thank You for Attending Anchorage Caucus

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We’ve now passed the halfway mark for the 90-day session, and we have the results from our constituent survey. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. Your feedback is helpful when it comes to addressing Alaska’s budget challenges. I appreciate your input and will keep your views in mind as the session continues.

Constituent Survey Results

We received over 300 responses to our constituent survey and have now compiled the information and analyzed the results. Here are a few key takeaways:

  • 59% of constituents support using some of the earnings of the Permanent Fund to help pay for state government.
  • There was broad support for new revenue and different views on how to raise the revenue with the most interest in a sales tax, a progressive income tax, and a payroll tax.
  • On what more we should do to improve public safety, the top four answers were: increase funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment programs; increase the number of troopers and police officers; find more solutions to combat the opioid epidemic; and focus on strengthening the down economy and address rising unemployment.

Here is more detail:




* “Other” included responses such as reducing the PFD; use of the Permanent Fund; a seasonal sales tax; a motor fuel tax; and alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco taxes.


* “Other” included responses such as education, housing, and no support for projects.


Thank You for Attending Anchorage Caucus

Thank you to all who attended my constituent meeting and Anchorage Caucus last weekend. It’s helpful to have face-to-face conversations with friends and neighbors about the legislature and our community. Your feedback is invaluable and I’m grateful that you took the time to share your thoughts and ideas.

Rep Claman speaks with a constituent during Anchorage Caucus.


Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Empty Bowl Project 2018

The Anchorage Empty Bowl Project celebrates its 24th birthday this year. This is a grass roots event that raises money for Bean’s Cafe and Children’s Lunchbox. “Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger. Participating artists and groups create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal and the bowl, guests contribute a suggested minimum donation. Every dollar donated through ticket sales, silent auction bidding, and merchandise sales goes directly to feeding those most in need in Anchorage.

This year more than 1,400 Alaskans will enjoy soup and cornbread prepared by the chefs and clients at Bean's Cafe. The soup recipes have been submitted, taste tested, and voted on by community members.

Tickets are available at the door.

When: Saturday, March 10th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center – 600 W. 87th Avenue

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.



Join the Alaska Zoo to celebrate dog mushing. You will learn all about the history of the Iditarod® including interesting facts about Iditarod® checkpoints. You can "race" through zoo grounds while playing their checkpoint game, learn some cool facts about dog mushing, view Iditarod® race standings, and get hands-on with equipment used for winter outdoor dog sports. Kids will enjoy a craft station, too!

Scheduled event activities include a Critter Chat at 1pm and a special sled dog Storytime program at 2pm.

When: Saturday, March 3rd from 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Where:  Alaska Zoo – 4731 O’Malley Road

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.


Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) Public Review & Comment Period

The AMATS 2035 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Official Streets and Highways Plan recommended the development of a Complete Streets Policy. A draft Complete Streets Policy was developed based on recommendations from the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Municipality of Anchorage’s Departments of Traffic, Long Range Planning, Public Transportation, Project Management and Engineering, and the Office of Economic and Community Development.

Public comments can be submitted to amatsinfo@muni.org. The deadline for comments is Wednesday, March 14th at 5 PM.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


signed: Matt Claman 

    Rep. Matt Claman

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