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Senator Lisa Murkowski,
Senator Dan Sullivan,
Congressman Don Young,
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am excited to report a major step forward in efforts to better coordinate and utilize state resources dedicated to early childhood in Alaska. When it comes to young children, there is no line between early education and early development. You really can’t have one without the other, and there is no more important time for children to learn and grow than during their earliest years.
This month Representative Ivy Spohnholz and I hosted three days of joint hearings between the House Education Committee and the House Health & Social Services Committee to conduct an extensive review of the situation faced by parents and their young children in Alaska, and the resources available for them to have opportunities to succeed.
There is a huge amount of work to be done to make sure Alaska’s children are able to learn and grow safely, but it is an investment we have to make. The costs of dealing with adults who were neglected or abused as children are enormous, and efforts to correct these mistakes after they have been made are far less effective than preventing them in the first place.
KEY ALASKA LESSONS:
These joint hearings have been vital in identifying the challenges ahead. In many ways the situation is grave, but we have also learned that investments we make now will lead to an enormous future savings. Children cannot help themselves. It is our responsibility to help them grow and to contribute meaningfully to our society, so that they can help fix the problems of our state rather than contribute to them.
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Tuesday, April 3 is the deadline to vote in the Anchorage Municipal Election. Everyone who is registered to vote in Anchorage by March 4 should have received a ballot in the mail. If you have not received a ballot, or if yours was lost or destroyed, you can go to an Accessible Vote Center, which you can locate at the link below:
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2018 PFD Filing Deadline – Saturday March 31, 2018
Friday, March 30th – Deadline to walk in a 2018 PFD application!
PFD Offices will NOT be open on Saturday, March 31, 2018.
Online applications can be filed up to 11:59 PM AKDT on Saturday March 31st. You must have received a confirmation number for your online application to be timely.
Signature pages are not due by March 31st, although they should be provided as soon as possible after the application is filed.
Office locations in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau are open until 4:00 PM to accept timely paper applications Monday–Friday.
Mailed applications must be POSTMARKED no later than March 31st to be considered timely. Applications received or postmarked April 1st or later will be denied.
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