March 12, 2018
TODAY: Public Testimony to Protect the PFD
Rep. Kawasaki and Rep. Wool at Constituent meeting earlier this month
Tonight, the House Finance Committee will hear public testimony on House Joint Resolution 23, which is a constitutional amendment resolution that would be sent to voters on the November ballot. The resolution would ensure that Permanent Fund Dividends are in fact permanent and protect against the Senate plan to eliminate PFDs. Continued cutting of future PFDs is considered to be the most regressive tax against all Alaskans, no matter disability, age or income.
Protecting the Dividend in the Alaska Constitution means the state government cannot threaten our share of resource royalties. If there is further delay, leading economists and financial analysts forecast that there could be no PFD within five years. Find more resources about HJR 23 here.
Here is how you can testify:
TODAY, Monday, March 12, 1:30pm: call 907-465-4648 or attend at your local Legislative Information Office.
TONIGHT, Monday, March 12, 7:00pm: call 907-465-4648
You may also email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee may also hold more public testimony tomorrow, Tuesday the 13th, at 1:30pm.
[Remember to apply for your PFD by March 31 at the link here!]
Early Education Takes the Stage This Week
The House Education Committee and House & Social Services Committee are holding joint meetings this week about the importance of early education on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week. Click on the links for each day to see agendas.
Alaska remains one of the only states in the union that does not provide statewide, universal pre-K. Every legislature since I was first sworn in to office in 2007, I introduced the legislation for pre-K. This legislature, I introduced HB 52, which invests state resources in the future of our children. Studies show that children who enroll in early education have a higher literacy than those who do not, are more likely to graduate, are more likely to be employed and earn higher wages, and are less likely to commit crimes. While I am proud to support early education funding for programs every year such as Head Start, Best Beginnings and Parents as Teachers, our state can and must do more to provide equal opportunity to quality early education for all Alaskans.
My Bills on the Move
Rep. Kawasaki meeting with AYEA Leaders
The FCC order reversing net neutrality officially goes into effect on April 23. Last week, my bill HB277, which would protect net neutrality in Alaska, succeeded in moving from The House State Affairs Committee and is now with the House Finance Committee, of which I am a member. Thank you to Alaska Youth For Environmental Action (AYEA), who testified in support of HB277 and helped ensure its passage from committee. I also had the first hearing for HB360, which would add net neutrality requirements to Alaska procurement code.
HB 204, an act relating to overtaking and passing stationary vehicles, passed the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday and will next be heard in Senate Judiciary before moving to the Senate floor. Under current statute, when a driver is approaching tow trucks, fire, law enforcement or animal control vehicles who are performing official duties while flashing emergency lights on the side of the road, drivers must vacate the closest lane or slow down. By including road maintenance vehicles in this list, HB204 will help make our highways and roadways safer place to both work and drive. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues to pass this bill into law protect road workers and drivers before the construction season begins.
Look for more updates from me on the Fast-Track Supplemental budget and other information later this week! drop me a line any time by phone, email or social media, linked below.
Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,
Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks
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