Rep. Scott Kawasaki

March 23, 2018

Dear Neighbors,

Day 67: Quick Update As House Considers Budget Amendments

This week, my colleagues and I spent days on the House Floor to deliberate amendments to the state budget. As it stands, the budget for public services and statewide items is about 17.5 percent less in unrestricted general fund from four years ago. I will send another update early next week after the House version of the budget is in final form.

 

Bringing Military Commanders to Capitol for Briefings

Rep. Kawasaki meets with U.S. Air Force Alaska Command

As Co-Chair of the Joint Armed Services Committee (JASC) alongside Co-Chair Mia Costello, it was my privilege to host the annual meeting this week. During the meeting, members were briefed by the commanders of the Alaska National Guard, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army in Alaska on recent military developments in our state. I am proud to represent Fairbanks, which is one of the most strategically important locations for our armed services in the world. I continue to look for ways to improve the relationship between our community and our United States active duty service members and our veterans who retire here. You can find documents from the hearing online here.

 

In partnership with the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans’ Affairs, I hosted a Lunch and Learn on the topics of space object detection and missile defense, with presentations by experts both Fort Greely and Clear Air Force Station. You can watch the full presentation here, which was also covered by KTVA.

 

Bills on the Move: Supporting our Military and our Youth

Meeting with new constituents

On Wednesday, March 28, my bill HB 262 regarding courtesy occupational licenses for military spouses will be heard for the first time in the House Labor and Commerce Committee, which will begin at 3:15pm. If you or anyone else you know is or was a military spouse and found it difficult to obtain an occupational license during your transfer to Alaska, please contact me by phone at 456-7423 or email at Rep.Scott.Kawasaki@Akleg.gov for details about how to share your story.

 

Education is a Constitutional right in Alaska. The House Education Committee will hear my bill, HB52, at 8:00am next Wednesday, March 28. This bill would expand access to early education to the entire state by allowing school districts to create pre-elementary school programs. Pre-kindergarten creates a 13 percent return on investment through reduced health care costs, reduced crime, greater earnings, more education and higher IQ. To put that in context, the stock market has an average return of only 7 percent. To grow the economy of Alaska, we must invest in the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

 

As always, please feel free to be in touch with me on these or any other issues important to you by email, phone or social media, linked below.  

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,

[SIGNED]

Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks

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