Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Back to School Reminders!

Today marked the first day of school for our Fairbanks youth! The end of summer vacation comes too soon for most of us Alaskans. It’s a bittersweet time for the kids and parents alike who spent the last couple months enjoying quality family time outdoors. On the other hand, the start of the school year is an exciting time: children get to see old friends and start new classes, and parents themselves get a small break. During this week, please remember that traffic is increasing as people go back to school and work and different driving patterns are emerging.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: What’s Happening Around Town

Golden Days in the Golden Heart City

More than a 100 years ago, the trader ET Barnette steamed forward through the Chena Slough. Originally headed to create an outpost between Valdez and Eagle, he was forced to unload supplies on the banks of the slough near where the Barnette Street Bridge stands today. One year later, an Italian immigrant named Felice Pedroni discovered gold near Fox and the town quickly grew around the city center. By 1905, several thousand indigenous people, adventure-seekers from all over the US, and international immigrants called themselves Fairbanksans.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: Back to Work in Fairbanks

Dear Neighbors,

It’s hard to believe the first session of the 28th Legislature is already over, having wrapped up on the evening of April 14th. This session was unique – and while there were positive moments of collaboration between legislators, political parties and the public, there were also troubling trends regarding a lack of public participation and due process. Shortened public testimony, rushed bills through committees, and not taking the time to seriously consider some of the most historic issues we as legislators will ever see is a trend that must be reversed.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: BUDGET ALERT! and Oil Tax Breaks

Two days left to go in the first session of the 28th Legislature and we are working into the night on important issues to shape the future of Alaska.

Alaskans have a $16 billion dollar savings account because state leaders ensured throughout history we get a fair share of OUR oil wealth. The UAF Engineering buildings, Cushman Street Expansion, and Ryan Middle School Renovations, and energy relief for the Interior are just a few examples of projects that are possible because of these wise investment decisions. Billions of dollars each year go to enhance communities – 90% of those dollars come from the development of oil. I will continue to fight on your behalf for those dollars to stay here.

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