Friends and Neighbors,
Happy May Day! May Day also marks the beginning of the “Week of Hearings” in House Finance. We will be listening to presentations on the economy and fiscal policy from various experts. These presentations will be highly informative. If you are interested in viewing them, they will begin at 1:30 pm every day. Click here for a link to the live streams.
I am excited to announce that I will be going home this weekend to hold a constituent meeting. This is the first time I have been able to go home throughout this session. The constituent meeting will be at the UAF Margaret Murie Building on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. I hope to see many of you there.
Arctic Broadband Forum:
During the week, I will be attending the Arctic Broadband Forum to learn more about the deployment of broadband and its role in the Arctic. I am also going to be a panelist on “The Government’s Role in Broadband Development in the Arctic: Opportunities & Challenges” panel along with other Arctic government officials. I look forward to using what I learn to help in increasing access to better broadband.
University of Alaska:
This last Saturday, I held a University of Alaska Finance Subcommittee meeting for public testimony. A total of 66 people testified, with only three supporting further cuts to the University. For four hours, professors, students, and alumni told us about the profound, positive impact the University of Alaska had in their lives. Professors spoke of students going on to be Marshall Scholars, attending Oxford, and courses at UA being equivalent to those taught at MIT, University of Michigan and other top schools. Students discussed their ability to thrive and succeed in the post-graduate world because of their UA education. Alumni told us stories of their degree allowing them to provide for their families. These were only some of the many stories we heard. The public’s testimony reinforced the University’s important role in the state. It touches every component of Alaska, and is integral to a successful state economy. We will keep working to support the University of Alaska and invest in our future.
Clean Up Day:
Thank you to everyone who participated in Fairbanks’ annual Clean Up Day last Saturday, April 29th! I’m told that thousands of volunteers came out to help make our home more beautiful. I’m truly grateful to be part of a community where so many people care so much.