January 23, 2018
Getting Down to Business
Rep. Kawasaki meets with Dept. of Military & Veterans’ Affairs to discuss their budget requests
The second week of the 2018 Legislative Session has started and business is in full swing. This week I will hold House Finance Budget Subcommittee hearings for the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. Through these hearings, my goal is to begin crafting a state budget that ensures our prisons are secure and that families can feel safe in their communities. Also, military servicemen and servicewomen must have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively and our veterans must have the resources they need to live fully.
The Governor has proposed increasing the Department of Corrections budget this year. As Chair, I will make sure that my Subcommittee does a thorough evaluation of spending on prisons, inmates and correctional officers. We will also be taking a long look at the new Pretrial Services Program that went into effect at the beginning of this year.
The Governor is also proposing increasing the budget for the Department of Public Safety, primarily to increase the presence of Alaska State Troopers in rural areas of the state. My subcommittee will hold a full hearing on February 1 at 8am about the budgets and recruitment and retentions issues facing Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Village Public Safety Officers.
You can watch these and other hearings online here when they are live.
State of the State
Rep. Kawasaki on the House Floor during the State of the State Address
Governor Walker presented the State of the State last Thursday to a joint session of the Legislature.
In the speech, he praised the Alaska House Majority Coalition for passing a complete fiscal plan in 2017. However, he also made it clear this year the entire Alaska Legislature would need to follow that example and have something on his desk as soon as possible. I couldn’t agree more.
The best way to stabilize the Alaskan economy is to pass a timely State budget that includes full funding for State Troopers, schools and construction. It is the job of the Legislature to build up the economic confidence of the people of Alaska.
Be on the Lookout for My Paper Newsletter!
My 2018 paper newsletter should be in your mailbox by the end of the week. If I missed your mailbox, let me know and I would be happy to send you one personally. As always, please feel free to contact my office at any time. I value your opinion and would like to hear from you.
Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,
Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks
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