Day 116 Update: What’s Going on in Juneau?

Day 116: Legislative Session in Final Days
This past week, the legislature made some big decisions necessary to get to the finish line. Here is a quick recap on some of the major issues, where I stand and what else remains before we head home.

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Day 95 Update: Budget & Bills on the Move

As the legislature worked past the voter-approved Day 90 session deadline for the fourth year in a row, legislative leaders continue to negotiate. I will continue to work hard and get the job done, but it has been frustrating for me because deadlines are important. Here are the main pieces still remaining:

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Juneau Note: Day 85 Budget and Education Update

Since January, I have pushed for a quick and efficient legislative session. As we approach the voter supported 90-day limit, I am increasingly hopeful that we will wrap up business on time. We are waiting on the Senate to pass the budget before we can enter those end-of-session negotiations.

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Budget Update & Net Neutrality Bill in House Finance

Working Towards A Budget for a Safer and Stronger Alaska

Rep. Kawasaki working on the House Floor
The budget is currently on hold as the House continues to negotiate for more Republican votes to pass it to the Senate. This budget protects and improves public safety, education, health care and the University, which have already experienced substantial cuts over the last several years. After making additional careful cuts and increasing efficiency, I will support this budget.

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Rep. Kawasaki March 23rd Newsletter: Armed Services Update & Bills on the Move

Day 67: Quick Update As House Considers Budget Amendments
This week, my colleagues and I spent days on the House Floor to deliberate amendments to the state budget. As it stands, the budget for public services and statewide items is about 17.5 percent less in unrestricted general fund from four years ago. I will send another update early next week after the House version of the budget is in final form.

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