Rep. Harriet Drummond

The Drummond Dispatch newsletter

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E-News
February 26, 2018

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
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(907) 465-3875
State Capitol Rm  108
Juneau, AK 99801

IN ANCHORAGE
May to December

(907) 269-0111
1500 W Benson
Anchorage, AK 99503

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Join Me at Anchorage Caucus on Saturday, Testimony Opportunities, and Other Important Updates

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It has been a busy couple of weeks as budget subcommittees meet to review the Governor’s proposed FY19 operating budget and ensure the best return on our investment for what we pay to provide essential public services.

The House Education Committee, which I chair, also serves as the Operating Budget Subcommittee for the Department of Education and Early Development. This year our primary focus has been on completing the parts of the budget necessary to fund education in time for schools around the state to meet their own budget deadlines. 

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Representative Harriet Drummond, second from left, recently joined other women legislators for a group photo with U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski on her annual visit to Juneau.

Not knowing funding numbers from the state creates havoc for the school districts because they can’t plan properly, even though paying for education is one of the Legislature’s primary constitutional responsibilities. We always fund education, so there are good reasons to get it off the table early and move on to other parts of the budget.

Additionally, I joined in cosponsoring House Bill 287 which is needed to complete the separation of education from the rest of the state budget. The bill passed the House with a bipartisan vote of 33 to 5, but unfortunately the funding component failed to get the additional ¾ vote required by law.  The bill has moved on to be considered by the Senate, which means there is still work to be done to come up with a deal to fund education on time this year.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY ON THE OPERATING BUDGET

The House Finance Committee will hold public testimony for the operating budget this week. Whether it be education, public safety, or road maintenance, we need to hear from you on what services are vital to you and your family’s well-being.

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Representative Drummond recently met with Anchorage School Board Member Starr Marsett and young Anchorage high school delegates to the State School Board Association.

Here are the dates, times and locations and how to participate at your local Legislative Information Office. You can also submit your written testimony to housefinance@akleg.gov now through Saturday, March 3, to be included in the public record.

Thursday, March 1 (remember to sign in or call 30 minutes in advance!)

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su & Seward

3:15 - 4:45 p.m. Utqiagvik, Dillingham & Fairbanks

4:15 - 4:45 p.m. Off Net sites without an LIO – call 907-465-4648

Friday, March 2:

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Juneau

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Sitka, Petersburg, Delta Junction, Unalaska, Glennallen & Tok

4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Nome, Valdez, Wrangell

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Off Net sites – call 907-465-4648                                   

Saturday, March 3:

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Off Net sites – call 907-465-4648

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Anchorage

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Off Net sites – call 907-465-4648

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Please watch your mailbox for the above postcard invite to Anchorage Caucus this Saturday!

ANCHORAGE CAUCUS THIS SATURDAY

Come meet me and other Anchorage Senators and Representatives for the annual Anchorage Caucus! We will be meeting on March 3rd from 2pm-4pm in the Rasmuson Hall at UAA:

Anchorage Caucus
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Rasmuson Hall, UAA
3416 Seawolf Dr.
2:00 – 4:00 pm

The legislative session has been going for a little over a month and we know you have questions! State senators and representatives from all across the Anchorage Bowl will be at UAA to talk with you one-on-one about your questions, concerns, and ideas. Parking is free!

As always, please call or email with any thoughts, ideas, or concerns.

Sincerely,

Harriet Drummond[signed]

Harriet