NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Pledges Continued Work and Negotiations in Juneau for Fully Funded Budget

JUNEAU – The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition concurs with Governor Bill Walker in his call for lawmakers to continue working towards a fully funded budget before taking a break from the special session in Juneau. On Monday, without support from the 13 members of the Coalition, the House and Senate Majorities approved a FY 2016 budget that includes a five percent cut to public education and spending over $3 billion more than available revenue. This flawed budget could result in the elimination of vital state services as soon as August.

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NEWS: House Approves Legislation to Remove Barriers to Employment for Veterans in Alaska

Rep. Chris Tuck

JUNEAU – Today, the Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 6 that allows private employers to give a hiring preference to veterans. Every state has a veterans hiring preference in place for public employment. However, private employers are not permitted to offer the same benefit without violating federal law. The legislation is sponsored by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) and is supported by the United States Department of Defense.

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