Category - Rep. Scott Kawasaki

Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Opportunity for Public Testimony, Community Resources for those in Crisis

My colleagues in the Senate Finance Committee will hear public testimony from across the state this week. You can testify in person at your local Legislative Information Office (LIO). If you live off the road system or there isn’t an LIO in your community, you can send written testimony to Senate.Finance.Committee@akleg.gov or call (907) 465-3753 for assistance.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Legislative Session Begins in Juneau

This year will be a busy one for the Alaska Legislature as we tackle a huge budget shortfall, falling oil production and uncertainty. Alaska has had tough times before and we have survived and thrived. We have done so, because we were able to work together, shed our partisan blinders and become a better government. Our state Constitution was ratified by all 55 diverse members of the convention in a time when the sole focus was on how to make the state a better place to live, work and raise a family. Over the next few months, I’m hopeful that working together will make us a stronger Alaska.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Town Hall Meeting Tomorrow and Governor’s Fiscal Plan

Governor Bill Walker will roll out his fiscal plan and an overview of the FY17 budget on Wednesday morning. This is historically early, but the times require that legislators and the Governor work closely and quickly to resolve these unprecedented challenges. A failure to do something this year could further harm our fragile economy and cause a much longer-lasting recession. Government must learn to live within its means and get to a steady state.

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Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Happy Thanksgiving!

After an ‘extra-helping’ of a special session, I’m glad to be back home in Fairbanks, where there is no shortage of things to do. Over the next few weeks,Governor Bill Walker will unveil his budget details, portions of a fiscal plan and set the tone for the next legislative session that begins in January. The Finance Committee, of which I am a member, will be focused on the fiscal gap and a fiscal solution. It won’t be easy, but it will be necessary.

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