Governor’s Vetoes: What are your thoughts?

Tonight, July 8th, at 5pm, I will be hosting a town hall in both Ketchikan and Wrangell to hear your thoughts on the Governor’s proposed budget vetoes and how the legislature should respond. I will be in Juneau because of the Session, but will be teleconferenced in to both locations so that I can hear directly from you.

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Dan’s Dispatch July 2, 2019

On Friday, the Governor vetoed 182 items from the FY20 Operating Budget. Although signing the budget before July 1 prevented a government shut down, the cuts are vast and in some cases deep, particularly in the University of Alaska budget.

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The Governor Has Called A Special Session

Last week, we adjourned our regular session and the Governor immediately called the Legislature into a special session to focus on: crime reform legislation, education funding, and the operating and capital budgets. Below is a quick update on each of these items.

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My Personal Legislation and Legislative Projects

The budget and our fiscal situation have been the biggest priorities to tackle this session, but I also have some legislation and other projects that I’ve been working on during the last few months. First, I’d like to update you on my personal legislation:

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See you tomorrow!

If you are in Ketchikan, please join me tomorrow at the Ted Ferry Civic Center from noon until 3:00pm. Together with the City and Borough of Ketchikan, I will be listening to public input on the Alaska state budget.

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The Budget Subcommittee Process has Begun

Earlier this month, the House Finance Committee began having subcommittee meetings. Each Finance Subcommittee is responsible for taking a close look at a particular department budget. I am the Chair of the Education, Fish & Game, and Environmental Conservation Finance Subcommittees, which means I lead the budget discussions for each of these departments. The subcommittee process will end in a little less than two weeks, and from there, each agency budget will be heard in the full Finance Committee meetings.

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Feedback Needed: Budget Process Is Beginning

I am honored to announce that I will be a Majority member on the Finance Committee again this session. I will be Chair of three Finance Subcommittees, which means I will guide the budget process for the following departments: Education & Early Development, Fish & Game, and Environmental Conservation.

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Visit to Ketchikan

I’ll be in Ketchikan this weekend! I hope to see you while I am in town. On Saturday, I am inviting everyone to have coffee with me at the Landing. Join me at the Landing Board Room from 10am to noon. Coffee is on me – all you have to bring is questions, concerns, or suggestions for the upcoming legislative session.

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Governor’s Budget Out Tomorrow

With a split of 20-20, the House still has failed to organize. Although I am frustrated with the current standstill, it is not because of apathy or lack of trying. Every day, House members meet for hours to negotiate. There are dozens of ideas floating around, and I am only one member of 40, each with their own agenda. As the sole Independent in the legislature, I am working with a variety of people every day to build a majority that values similar priorities to Southern Southeast. I ask for your continued patience so that I can put District 36 in the best position this legislative session.

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