Dear Friends & Neighbors:
After 10 hours of being on the floor, at 1:48 am on Sunday morning, the House adjourned Sine Die. We passed out the final operating and capital budgets along with other bills that make for a better Alaska.
The House added $28 million for Medicaid payments, $12 million to address substance abuse treatment and the nursing shortage at the Alaska Psychiatrist Institute. We also added a one-time increase of $20 million to k-12 education which is equivalent to a $78 base student allocation increase.
Many of you reached out to me regarding HB 130 and the renaming of Creamer’s Field and other refuges throughout the state. I am glad to say this was not approved in the House and there will not be a name change.
Adjourning marks the end of the 30th Legislature. I increased awareness of broadband issues in Alaska, passed a bill lowering prescription drug costs, and reinforced state’s rights on marijuana. The Alaska House Majority Coalition also prioritized education and public safety. We had to make tough political decisions because of the budget gap, but I am proud to say that we successfully worked towards a better Alaska.
I look forward to going home to Goldstream and returning to the district. As always, my office will be open for any questions and concerns and I will finally be home.
Proud to Serve District 4: Ester, Goldstream 1 & 2, Steese East/Gilmore, Steese West, and University Hills