Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: A Partial PFD and a 3rd Special Session

Alaskans from Barrow to Ketchikan have been waiting to see what Governor Dunleavy would do with the partial Permanent Fund Dividend payment approved by the Alaska Legislature. The Governor announced today that he would allow the $1,600 payment to go forward. However, the Governor intends to call a 3rd Special Session for the fall where lawmakers will consider a bill paying out the remaining $1,400 to equal the PFD amount set out in state law.

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Funding for early education opportunities will be restored

ANCHORAGE – Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced today that he would restore funding for early education programs when he signs House Bill 2001 later this week. The governor made the announcement during a ceremony today in Anchorage attended by Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage). HB 2001 restores all the funding for early education programs previously vetoed by the governor.
“Alaska’s budget situation has forced lawmakers and the Governor to make some tough choices. I am thankful that the Governor decide to continue investing in our children’s early education, knowing that this is the best return on an investment we get from public money. With competing demands on our budget, I am proud of all the parents, teachers, and early education advocates who repeatedly made the case that investing in our children is good for a child’s learning career, families, and communities,” Rep. Tuck said.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Mourning a Great Lawmaker and Citizen

We lost a great Alaskan Wednesday with the passing of Senator Chris Birch. Chris and I were colleagues in the Alaska House of Representatives before he moved over to the Senate. Senator Birch will be remembered as a forceful advocate for his constituents and a man of principle. I will remember Chris for his sense of humor as we faced stressful political times. As Alaskans, we should grieve the loss of Senator Birch while cherishing his work and memory.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: We Need Better Choices

I am frustrated by the continued paralysis in Juneau that is threatening the jobs, education, healthcare, and safety of the people of Alaska. I hear every day from people that are anxious and scared. Frankly, I’m scared for the future of our institutions and economy if we don’t get Alaska back on track.

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