The Capitol’s March Madness

While the nation watches our elite university basketball teams tip off, here in Juneau we’re following the “brackets” of legislation. There’s wins and losses in the two bracket system as bills are heard in committees in the House and Senate and move closer to the finish line, which is the Governor’s desk.

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Opportunities to be heard and a deeper look at the budget

I hope you’re all feeling well. I unfortunately was out sick for the first three days of the week. Thankfully we are blessed with incredible technological support and coverage of the legislative process, so I was able to watch and stay caught up on committee hearings. It’s been a busy couple days back.

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Committee assignments and a Casual Conversation this Saturday

I am getting many comments on the governor’s proposed budget. Thank you for reaching out! I know it is difficult with the uncertainty laid out in his budget proposal, but please know that I and many legislators are gravely concerned. We are working to pass a budget that doesn’t drastically cut state jobs, keeps our ferries running, and provides a quality education for our children, among other important priorities.

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Week 3 and Upcoming Community Events

Tuesday marked my third week on the job being your representative to the Alaska Legislature. I am not pleased that the House is still unorganized, but know that I am working daily to form a durable House organization that can 1) govern effectively and 2) adhere to the values and priorities I’ve heard from many of my neighbors: great education for our children, improved public safety, reliable and efficient public services, and a robust and perpetual PFD.

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Juneau delegation Town Hall and Week 2 update

Things have been busy this week at the Capitol as I’ve been meeting with constituents, community groups, and working towards a House organization.
Governor Dunleavy addressed the House and Senate on Wednesday. I’m glad he has expressed that public safety is a priority, and I anticipate seeing more details in his budget and legislation of how he plans to carry that out.

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