Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Channeling Scott McMurren – The 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

Normally, legislators send out what are, in the common vernacular, called “E-Blasts” 1-2 times per month. Topics are usually connected to social, economic and political events of the current day. This E-Blast is a deviation from these common themes. Today, I am going to report on a 9-day trip I took to the Lower 48 in late June. I am going to channel my inner Scott McMurren.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: A Busy Start to Summer

Rep. Andy Josephson

I want to start by saying thank you to all the people who came out to the U-Med/Midtown barbecue. It was great to see so many familiar faces and talk about issues that are important to the community. If you didn’t have time to make it the BBQ and there is an issue that you want to talk about please do not hesitate to contact my office.

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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN

Rep. Andy Josephson

The past week has likely been the most interesting I have experienced during my time serving in the Alaska Legislature. In my last newsletter I wrote about a bill that did too much bad and not enough good for public education. Voting against the bill was extremely challenging. House Bill 278 included a slight increase to the Base Student Allocation (BSA), but it was far from fully funding public education and included too many ill-advised changes, like allowing public dollars to go to private schools and creating an unfair teacher tenure system. Taken together, the bad outweighed the good, which led to my “No” vote.

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