Rep. Scott Kawasaki

May 12, 2015

Dear Neighbors,

Vacation is over! Time to Get Back to Work.

While the republican leadership of the Alaska Legislature voted for a 13-day recess in the middle of session, the House Independent Democratic Coalition rejected the thought of a vacation. Like my colleagues, I continue to believe that no one deserves a break until we finish our job in Juneau. Passing a balanced budget with smart cuts, education funding to our schoolchildren and Medicaid reform and expansion to consider is still on the table. Without delay, we should continue to listen to the public, then make the tough decisions!

Last week’s protest at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. My sign says ‘Alaska is better than this.’
Last week’s protest at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. My sign says ‘Alaska is better than this.’

Smarter Cuts - Alaskans Deserve Better

There is a notion that lawmakers just want to continue to spend more money on education, seniors and economic opportunity without understanding the fiscal situation. No one should believe this for one second. We don't have a spending problem, we have a problem with making the right priorities.

We have offered multiple hundred-million dollars in cuts from new costly road projects to megaprojects that will never come to fruition. It's sort of like making a plan to build a 14-bed mansion, when you know that your family of four wouldn't be able to afford the construction or the heating oil to keep it warm in Fairbanks! We continue to see value in a strong public education system from pre-K to UAF, supporting our seniors and strengthening our economy. How can anyone justify increasing oil tax credits to $700 million up 12.5 percent, when schools are expecting a double digit cut?

It’s time to get back to work and finish the job were elected to do.
It’s time to get back to work and finish the job were elected to do.

Statewide Town Hall Meetings

On Thursday May 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be a town hall meeting to connect with Fairbanksans on the budget, education funding and Medicaid reform and expansion. The meeting will take place at the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office (the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Building) at 1292 Sadler Way on the 3rd floor. Meetings will also occur in Anchorage, Juneau and Ketchikan and I will personally try to organize other meetings for the public to interact with the Legislature.

Light refreshments will be provided and Fairbanksans are encouraged to attend with any comments, questions and concerns.

I have been and will continue to support public education, safer communities, affordable and accessible healthcare and opportunities for all Alaskans.

Once again, thank you to each and every Alaskans who took the time to contact my office. It is vitally important we are involved in throughout the budget and legislative process.

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,

[SIGNED]

Representative Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
City of Fairbanks

As your Representative,
I am here to listen and help. Contact me anytime.

Rep.Scott.Kawasaki@akleg.gov
 
www.RepScottKawasaki.com
 
IN JUNEAU:
Phone: (907) 465-3466
FAX: (907) 465-2937
State Capitol Building
Juneau, AK 99801

IN FAIRBANKS:
Phone: (907) 456-7423
1292 Sadler Way
(AlaskaUSA Credit Building)
Fairbanks, AK 99701
 
Toll Free: (866) 465-3466

Voice your opinions!
Here are some ways to let your voice be heard regarding issues important to you.

Write a Letter to the Editor - submit up to a 350 word letter to the Fairbanks News Miner via their website:
http://newsminer.com

Contact the Governor
Governor Walker's Fairbanks office may be reached at 451-2920, or e-mail him. You can also visit the state website at alaska.gov

Contact your
Congressional Delegation

Senator Dan Sullivan
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 328
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 456-0261 or Email

Congressman Don Young
100 Cushman St., #307
Key Bank Building
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
(907) 456-0210 or Email

Senator Lisa Murkowski
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 329
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-456-0233 or Email