Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Big Things Are Happening!

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

Throughout the first month of the session we have been holding budget subcommittees which afforded us the opportunity to do high level program overviews. We have been hearing from various departments about what is working, what they can do better, and how we can restructure programs in a way that provides services people are asking for, while making informed choices about the fiscal realities facing the state. These subcommittees are winding down and will soon be releasing their recommendations. Once that happens, we can move forward with educated decision making regarding the state budget. I am resolute in my devotion to passing a sustainable budget with consistent revenue streams that are fair and equitable for all Alaskans.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Things to Celebrate

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

February is Black History Month, a time when we celebrate the rich history of African Americans in our nation and in our state. I would like to highlight a strong Alaskan African American who was so far ahead of her time in her accomplishments, former State Senator Bettye Davis. I first met SenatorDavis when I was five years old; she worked with my mother at the Division of Family and Youth Services serving foster children.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: And We’re Off!

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

It’s been a whirlwind week getting into the full swing of things. I’ve been meeting with constituents and various organizations from all across the state hearing from people interested in helping to develop responsible, evidence based policy. The budget continues to be the major focus of our non-partisan working coalition in the House. We are committed to having an open conversation between all parties who come to the table with good ideas and good intentions to create a responsible, sustainable budget. We know that’s a tall order, but we are prepared to tackle the budget head on, with all solutions on the table.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Kickoff!

Rep. Spohnholz's newsletter

We kicked off the 30th legislative session on Tuesday and I am very excited about the session ahead. I’m optimistic about the great new coalition in the House, made up of Republicans, Independents and Democrats, all committed to taking care of business during the regular 90 day session. The Alaska House Majority Coalition members are committed to passing a responsible, sustainable budget along with a sustainable fiscal plan for funding it.

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