Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Cash Flow Restructuring Models

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Now that the House and Senate have both passed an operating budget, the next question is “How do we fund state government?” We did not look at cost savings and revenue generation at the same time, which means we have a lot of work to do with only 30 days left in the session. West Anchorage constituents have told me that we can’t kick the can down the road and hope that the price of oil goes up. We need a responsible action plan for Alaska—and we need it this year.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: House Passes Operating Budget

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The House debated the budget until early this morning, which finally passed around 3am. The House consider several amendments, which included additional cost savings as well as funding for programs benefitting seniors, early childhood education, and public safety.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Constituent Survey Results and Medicaid Lawsuit Update

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Thank you to everyone who completed our constituent survey! Your feedback is very helpful as we work through the state’s budget challenges. There are still several opportunities to share your perspective at hearings on the budget and the Governor’s revenue bills. I will keep you notified as more opportunities become available. Currently, no public testimony has been scheduled for

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: House Focuses on Budget

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The House voted this week to suspend non-budget related committee hearings. This move allows us to focus on budget topics. Budget subcommittee meetings have been extended and the House Finance Committee is meeting daily. Yesterday, the Finance Committee hosted a “Budget 101,” which is a helpful resource to understanding budget documents. I will keep you as informed as possible as we go through the next few weeks on opportunities for public testimony and other community events.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: National Guard and Smart Justice Reform

The conversation around the budget continues to be the most important issue facing the Legislature. Look for constituent surveys in your mailbox in the next week: I appreciate your feedback, especially when dealing with such a critical issue. Meanwhile, the Judiciary Committee has been working hard on critical reform legislation dealing with the Alaska National Guard and criminal justice and corrections. I hope everyone in South Central went unharmed by the recent earthquake, and that you can join me this Saturday at Tastee Freez (4pm to 5pm) to chat and get updates about the legislative session or other issues in our community.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Session begins!

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Today was the first day of the second regular legislative session. Over the next 90 days, the Legislature will make decisions that will have an impact on Alaskans and Alaska for many years. I am committed to a responsible fiscal plan for Alaska and believe we can no longer live off of the volatility of the oil market. We face great fiscal challenges and need a responsible action plan for Alaska.

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Rep. Claman’s Newsletter: Two chances to speak out this weekend!

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I hope you and your family and friends had a wonderful holiday season. With the New Year comes a new legislative session. Next week, Anchorage legislators will move to Juneau to work on many important issues – namely the state’s budget – that will have an impact on Alaska for years. This weekend, please join me for two events that will give you a chance to speak with Anchorage legislators before we go to Juneau and learn more about the state’s budget

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