|Protecting Your Rights: Serving Sand Lake, Spenard, and Turnagain|
|March 10, 2017
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are over halfway through the 90-day session. This week, we have the results of our constituent survey. Thanks to all who completed the survey. We appreciate your input and will keep your views in mind as the session continues.
Constituent Survey Results
Thank you to all who completed our annual constituent survey. We received over 300 responses to the survey and have now compiled the information and analyzed the results. Here is what we found: Constituents strongly support a constitutional amendment that establishing a 90-day session. While a large majority oppose a constitutional amendment requiring the PFD in a specified amount, responses were more divided about a constitutional amendment that requires the PFD in an unspecified amount. A majority of constituents believe that we should not continue the oil tax credit subsidies to encourage oil exploration in Alaska. With regard to new revenue, more than half of constituents favor a broad-based tax. Many also wanted to know more about a possible school tax. We have since proposed a school tax (HB 146); learn more here.
We asked open-ended questions about where we can make additional cuts and which areas we should consider additional funding. Many constituents wrote that there should be no more cuts. Others suggested cuts to legislative benefits (per diem, travel, and limiting session to 90-days), governmental administration, mega projects, and state employee benefits. With regard to areas that need more funding, education (both K-12 and UA), public safety, Health & Social Services (especially rehabilitation, mental health, and child services), and road maintenance/Department of Transportation were the most common responses. Others responded that no areas should receive additional funding until we approve a responsible action plan for Alaska.
Last, we asked what grade you would give Governor Walker’s budget proposal for FY2018. More than half responded with a “Grade B” or higher.
We hope that these results are insightful.
House Bill 8: Protection Orders Bill
On Monday, the House voted 38-2 to bring Alaska statutes in line with the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). House Bill 8, was introduced by Speaker Edgmon. Currently, Alaska only recognizes out-of-state protective orders filed in State court. HB 8 requires the State to enforce protective orders from other jurisdictions, including territorial or tribal courts. The bill follows the recommendations of the Department of Law to amend conflicting state statutes and bring Alaska into compliance with VAWA to eliminate potential lawsuits. HB 8 will now move to the Senate Community and Regional Affairs committee.
Mark your calendar for the following upcoming candidate forums:
AFACT Anchorage Assembly Candidate Forum
When: Sunday, March 12th, 2:00-4:00PM
West Anchorage Assembly & School Board Candidates Forum
When: Wednesday, March 29th, 6:00-8:30PM
As always, please let us know if you have any question or concerns.
Rep. Matt Claman
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