Rep. Andy Josephson
Serving Neighbors in Midtown, University, and East Anchorage

OCTOBER 7, 2016

Representing District 17:
Midtown, University, and East Anchorage

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In This Issue: Alaska Common Ground, Election Information, and Relocation

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Saturday, October 1, I attended an all-day Fiscal Policy Summit sponsored by Alaska Common Ground. Subjects included: (1) Our Fiscal System and Deep Structural Deficit; (2) Impacts of Fiscal Solutions on Jobs and Incomes; (3) Oil and Gas Tax Credits; (4) Scenarios for Fiscal Solutions; (5) the Anchorage Economy; (6) the Case for Budget Cuts, and related topics.

Videos and additional information from this forum can be found at Alaska Common Ground.org and the following link: http://akcommonground.org/fiscally-alaskan-moving-towards-solutions/

PHOTO: Dan Dickinson, oil and gas economist, describes the state’s tax credit regimen.
PHOTO: Dan Dickinson, oil and gas economist, describes the state’s tax credit regimen.

If there is one “take home” from the Common Ground Fiscal Policy Summit, it is this: the coming Legislature, to be sworn in on January 17, 2017, must - it absolutely must - reform our State revenue going forward, by using a Permanent Fund Restructuring model, considering other revenues, and cutting where necessary and possible.

REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION  - Deadline October 9, 2016

If you want to make your voice heard by casting a ballot in November, please be sure to register to vote! The deadline to register for the upcoming November 8th general election is this Sunday, October 9th.

Please pass along this reminder to your family, friends, and neighbors.  Anyone who wishes to vote MUST be registered to vote by October 9th.  I also want to remind our younger citizens that anyone who will turn 18 by November 8th can also register to vote, even if their birthday is afterOctober 9th.  If you are a college student, please remember to register to vote in Alaska.  If you register to vote in a different state you risk losing your PFD!

Every Vote Counts!

STATEWIDE GENERAL ELECTIONS

November 8, 2016 Polls Open from 7am to 8pm

Other than candidates, District 17 registered voters will be voting on...

  • ballot measure 1: an Act allowing qualified individuals to register to vote when applying for a Permanent Fund Dividend,
  • proposition 2: allow debt for postsecondary student loans (Constitutional Amendment)
  • judicial retention: shall the following be retained
    • Justice Bolger – Supreme Court, 10 years
    • Justice Maassen – Supreme Court, 10 years
    • Judge Allard – Court of Appeals, 8 years
    • Judge Aarseth – Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge Easter – Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge Kristiansen –Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge Marston –Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge Moran–Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge Rindner –Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge Saxby –Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge Smith –Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge White –Third Judicial District, Superior Court, 6 years
    • Judge Dickson –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years
    • Judge Hanley –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years
    • Judge Henderson –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years
    • Judge Murphy –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years
    • Judge Schally –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years
    • Judge Swiderski –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years
    • Judge Wallace –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years
    • Judge Washington –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years
    • Judge Zwink –Third Judicial District, District Court, 4 years

Ballot Measure No. 1- 15PFVR

An Act Allowing Qualified Individuals to Register to Vote When Applying for a Permanent Fund Dividend

This act would instruct the Division of Elections to register a qualified
Alaskan to vote when applying for the permanent fund dividend
(PFD). If a person registers to vote for the first time through a PFD
application, the Division of Elections would compare the person's
information to state records to ensure that the person is an eligible
voter. The Division of Elections would let the citizen know if he or she
has been added to the state registration list, or if the person's current
voting address does not match the one provided on the PFD form. In
that case, the person could change their voter registration address.
The notice also would allow an applicant to request removal from the
registration list. Thus, using the data from the PFD form, the Division
of Elections would register a qualified Alaskan to vote unless he or
she opts out. The notice would also allow a person to register with a
political party. Voter information is already confidential under existing
state law.

Ballot Measure No. 2

Allow Debt for Postsecondary Student Loans
Senate Joint Resolution No. 2

This amendment to Article IX, section 8 of the Alaska Constitution
would expand the State's authority to incur debt by letting the State
issue general obligation bonds backed by the state for postsecondary
student loans.

Voting box and ballot

You can learn more about the initiatives by visiting: http://www.elections.alaska.gov/ei_general_bm.php

You can learn more about the Judicial Council’s recommendations and reviews by visiting: http://www.ajc.state.ak.us/2016-retention-election

WE HAVE MOVED!

We are officially located in the Wells Fargo Bank Building at 1500 W. Benson Blvd.
My temporary office is on the second floor in Room 229.

We are officially located in the Wells Fargo Bank Building at 1500 W. Benson Blvd.

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

I Answer to You!

Sincerely,

Andy Josephson[signed]

Representative Andy Josephson
1500 W. Benson Blvd., Suite 229
Phone: 907-269-0272
Rep.Andy.Josephson@akleg.gov

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