Rep. Harriet DrummondThe
Drummond Dispatch
From the Capitol    E-News No. 3   RepHarrietDrummond.com    Feb 15, 2013

As your representative,
I am here to listen and to help. Please don't  hesitate to contact me.

Rep.Harriet.Drummond
@akleg.gov

IN JUNEAU
Mid-January to mid-April
(907) 465-3875
State Capitol Rm  112
Juneau, AK 99801

IN ANCHORAGE
May to December
(907) 269-0190
716 W. 4th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501

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Senator Mark Begich
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Anchorage Office
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Congressman Don Young
www.donyoung.house.gov
Anchorage Office
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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Session is in full swing now, which means the oil tax debate is ramping up. It’s safe to say everyone in the capitol agrees oil taxes need to be changed, but how we’re going to get there has been the biggest debate in the legislature for several years now.

I’ve had a chance to read through both the Governor’s oil tax bill and the alternative bill that Democrats introduced this week. What I like about the Democrat’s bill, HB111, is that it provides incentives for getting more oil in the pipeline. Unlike the Governor’s bill, there aren’t tax reductions for oil companies unless they start producing more. It also encourages new exploration and will make the industry more competitive.

This week also marked the beginning of the school voucher discussion. Vouchers allow state funding to go to private and religious schools. It’s a controversial topic, and studies are mixed on the effectiveness of the program.

Harriet and Sen. Gardner meeting with students from Wrangell
Harriet and Sen. Gardner meeting with
students from Wrangell.

 

Harriet talking to UAF students about the State Legislature
Harriet talking to UAF students about
the State Legislature

Many supporters like the idea of being able to decide where they want to send their children, but that takes money away from public schools. These so-called “choice” schools do not have the same level of accountability, which means we have little data on test scores from students in voucher schools.

Alaska’s constitution prohibits using state money for private education. School vouchers will need a constitutional amendment, requiring 2/3rd approval of both the House and Senate plus a majority of statewide voters. It will be a long, most likely heated process and I plan to be involved every step of the way.

As things continue to heat up in Juneau, I’d love to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to fill out this online survey so that I will have a better idea of where my neighbors stand on everything from the Port and the Knik Arm Bridge to school vouchers and pre-kindergarten. I can assure you that I will read every single survey that is completed.

CLICK HERE FOR THE SURVEY!

   

Thank you,

Harriet Drummond[signed]

Harriet Drummond

LEGO Robotics competitors.
LEGO Robotics competitors.
  Showing off a robotic dogsled!
Showing off a robotic dogsled!

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) program was started to inspire young people to participate in science and technology and motivate them to pursue career opportunities in science and engineering. There are different levels in the program that engage students from elementary school all the way through high school. Teams build LEGO-based robots and develop research projects based on a real-world scientific challenge released by the LEGO league in early fall.

This weekend, a team from West High School will compete in a FIRST Tech Challenge and try to earn a spot in the state tournament later this year. I would like to wish them the best of luck!

Mark Your Calendar!

Anchorage legislators will hold a public hearing in Anchorage on February 23rd, 2013, from 9:30 am until 1pm, in the Assembly Chambers located at the Loussac Library. We will be taking public testimony and hearing from Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, Special Assistant to the Centennial Commission Susan Duck, and Anchorage School Board President Jeannie Mackie. Please contact my office with any questions.

Anchorage Caucus Public Hearing
Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, 9:30am-1pm
Assembly Chambers, Loussac Library, Anchorage