Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Vaping Can Be Dangerous

Health care providers across Alaska are watching out for possible cases of severe pulmonary disease associated with vaping and e-cigarette products. Nationally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms there are 450 potential cases of the illness in 33 states. Four people have died from the illness. So far, no cases have been reported in Alaska. However, health care providers are being asked to report possible cases to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology.

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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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