NEWS: Democrats Push Permanent Fund Dividend Protection In Light Of Oil Giveaway

JUNEAU – Today eight Democratic legislators filed legislation to protect the Permanent Fund Dividend by placing the current dividend formula in the Alaska Constitution. With GOP leaders pushing an oil giveaway that is likely to cost Alaskans upwards of $1 billion or more a year, future legislators are likely to start cutting the Dividend to fund state revenue. To protect against attempts to spend the Dividend in tight economic times, former Governor Jay Hammond proposed an initiative in 2002 that would have enshrined the Dividend in the Constitution, but Lt. Governor Loren Leman rejected it as not able to be done by initiative.

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NEWS: Democrats Offer Improvements to Small Gasline Legislation

Amendments would ensure low-cost gas, add accountability, provide maximum benefit to Alaskans

JUNEAU – Tonight, in an effort to add much needed accountability and assurances Alaskans will get low-cost gas and the maximum benefit from a small diameter gasline, Democratic legislators in the Alaska House of Representatives offered a series of amendments to the gasline’s enabling legislation.

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Rep. Drummond’s Dispatch: MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR MONDAY!

WHAT: S.O.S. Save Our Schools Public Hearing on Education in Alaska.
The public is encouraged to come share its voice on Alaska’s public schools and early education.

WHEN: March 25, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: State Capitol, Fahrenkamp Room 203 or at your local Legislative Information Office

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Rep. Drummond’s Newsletter: Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world

Thursday was a tough day on the House floor. The House majority, through sheer force of numbers, rapidly pushed through an operating budget with deep cuts to education and mental health services.

We need to arm people with knowledge. I introduced an amendment to restore $2.4 million in Pre-K grants. This wasn’t additional money to go into an already bloated budget, this was simply restoring what the Governor had already set aside for our children’s education.

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