Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Survivor Benefits Public Testimony, Pre-K and the Budget

Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

I hope the beginning of 2017 is treating you and your family well as the 30th Alaska Legislature moves into its third week of session. My colleagues and I on the House Finance Committee are in full swing as each department provides overviews to the committee and subcommittees on their budget. We are focusing on whether a program in a department meets their mission and will consider elimination, modifications or enhancements to ensure the departments are meeting those missions. The House Majority Coalition does not encourage a cuts-only approach, but we recognize there are efficiencies in the way our government is structured.

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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: First Session of the 30th Legislature Begins

Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note

And we’re off! The 30th Alaska Legislature began this week and I am honored to be part of the House Majority Coalition, rejoining the House Finance Committee. As a chair of three budget subcommittees (Corrections, Public Safety and Military & Veterans’ Affairs), the budget process is already underway as I host my first hearings on Thursday, January 26. All scheduled hearings can be found online here.

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NEWS: Rep. Kawasaki and Rep. Fansler Seek to Establish Universal Pre-K in Alaska

Rep. Scott Kawasaki

Early Education is an Investment in the Future of Alaska’s Children and Families FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 18, 2017 Juneau – Representative Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) and Representative Zach Fansler (D-Bethel) plan to introduce legislation to create a statewide, voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program to prepare Alaska’s children for educational success. “Alaska has a responsibility to provide the …

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