Thank You For Letting Me Represent You; We’ve Done A Lot Together!

This is one of the harder newsletters I’ve ever written, about the most gratifying job I’ve ever had. I’ve enjoyed representing you the past decade and a half, and working with so many of you around the state to try to make life a little better for people. I have a term to complete and will keep working hard for you until mid-January. But I’ve chosen, after going back and forth many times, not to run for re-election. It was a hard decision. Waking up every morning knowing you have the chance, and obligation, to try to make someone’s life better is an amazing privilege. Many of you know this from your own jobs….

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The (Really) Good, The Ugly & The Meh – 2018 Legislative Session Wrap Up

It’s Over. The world is a better place than it was before session – and way better than it could have been with one-party rule. With a very Conservative GOP-led Senate, a moderate House Bi-Partisan Majority Coalition whom I served with, and an Independent Governor, we drove the middle line, found consensus or compromise (which often involved hard-nosed negotiations) to make many things better for people. We stopped extreme measures.

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Coalition Members Reflect on the 30th Alaska Legislature

Juneau – After a flurry of legislative action, the Alaska House of Representatives joined the Alaska Senate in adjourning the Second Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature sine die early Sunday morning. Members of the Alaska House Majority Coalition reflected on the legislative achievements of the session.

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Budget Deal Reached; State Operating Budget Passes the Alaska Legislature

Juneau – A compromise budget agreement between the Alaska House of Representatives and the Alaska State Senate was reached today, resulting in the passage of the fiscal year 2019 operating budget for the State of Alaska. Today’s budget deal prevents any disruption in essential public services as the State of Alaska enters the busy summer tourism and fishing seasons. House Bill 286 features total General Fund spending of $6.27 billion. The budget includes Alaska House Majority Coalition priorities such as $942 million to inflation-proof the value of the $65 billion Alaska Permanent Fund, $1.02 billion to pay for $1,600 Permanent Fund Dividends for each eligible Alaskan, a $10 million investment in the University of Alaska above the Governor’s proposal, and multiple measures to improve public safety and law enforcement in Alaska.

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