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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Rep. Kawasaki Juneau Note March 11th: Public Testimony TODAY to Protect PFD

TODAY: Public Testimony to Protect the PFD. Rep. Kawasaki and Rep. Wool at Constituent meeting earlier this month
Tonight, the House Finance Committee will hear public testimony on House Joint Resolution 23, which is a constitutional amendment resolution that would be sent to voters on the November ballot. The resolution would ensure that Permanent Fund Dividends are in fact permanent and protect against the Senate plan to eliminate PFDs. Continued cutting of future PFDs is considered to be the most regressive tax against all Alaskans, no matter disability, age or income

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