Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Day 100 and Counting

It’s time for the total package!

Alaska has a $4.1 billion deficit due a budget that has been over reliant on one source of revenue—oil—which is at historically low prices right now. Oil is not projected to get above $50 per barrel anytime in the next 10 years, so we can’t just hope for prices to rebound. We only have enough funds on hand to cover about 25% of Alaska’s budget.

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Day 92

We have had some big accomplishments in the last few days including passing military justice reform and Medicaid reform. These are both comprehensive reform bills that garnered bipartisan support. However, there are still major issues outstanding before the legislature, and no clear path forward. Before I get into these topics I have a quick request:

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Rep. Spohnholz’s Newsletter: Update and Meeting Reminders

Last week, I updated you about April being Child Abuse Prevention month. April is also national Sexual Assualt Awareness month. Today, in the House State Affairs Committee, we heard a resolution from Senate President Meyer officially designating April 2016 as Sexual Assualt Awareness month in Alaska. The movement to reduce sexual violence in Alaska has been on-going for a long-time now, and according to testimony I heard today it is showing some success–rates of reported sexual violence fell between 2010 and 2015.

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