We have not yet begun to fight

The House and Senate are working in coordination to restore funds vetoed by Governor Dunleavy. We cannot allow his sadistic vetoes to send Alaska back into recession, to take shelter away from domestic violence survivors, to defund law enforcement, or to defund early education. Please consider testifying this week as the Finance Committee takes public testimony in Anchorage, the Mat-Su, and Fairbanks.

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Sadistic

It is extraordinarily rare for a public official to enact policies that are designed to inflict pain and suffering. Yet that is precisely what we confront with Mike Dunleavy’s sadistic budget vetoes.

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2019 Session Report

Although our work in Juneau is not yet finished, I wanted to provide a report on the legislative accomplishments that were made during the 31st Legislature. During my time in office, I have fought for a balanced budget, the protection of the Permanent Fund and a sustainable Permanent Fund Dividend, and essential core services like public safety, education, and programs for vulnerable Alaskans.

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Handcuffing the Governor

Governor Dunleavy has taken education funding hostage by threatening to withhold appropriations that already were passed by the Legislature. In response, the House and Senate voted to authorize a lawsuit defending education funding from the Governor’s illegal attacks. I voted “yes” because we cannot allow an outlaw executive to turn children into political pawns, or undermine the Constitutional separation of powers in our state.

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Never.

I strongly oppose recently introduced legislation to criminalize women’s reproductive health care. It is repugnant to suggest that women’s basic reproductive health care should be criminalized. Several of my neighbors have already asked me whether this bill will pass and my answer is never, as long as reasonable people continue to constitute the House Majority.

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