Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Help for Military Spouses and Powerful Pebble Mine Testimony

On Tuesday, the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee held the first hearing for a bill I introduced that is pro-military and pro-jobs. The goal of House Bill 93, which is the House version of Senator Kawasaki’s Senate Bill 11, is to increase the use of temporary courtesy occupational licenses by the spouses of military members newly stationed in Alaska. These temporary licenses are an important tool to allow military spouses to go to work quickly after they relocate. The Alaska Legislature passed a bill in 2011 authorizing the use of these temporary licenses, but they have not been used as frequently as was hoped or anticipated. I have heard from military spouses that didn’t even know that these temporary occupational licenses were an option.

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Rep. Tuck’s Community Connection: Speak Up in Favor of a Responsible Budget

As we stare down some huge budget decisions, it’s important that we know and understand what the people of Alaska want. The House Finance Committee is holding a series of public meetings this weekend across Alaska to get input about the state budget. It’s important to take the time to speak up for a responsible state budget that funds the education of our children, protects the jobs of our fellow Alaskans, and ends the recession that has been dragging down our economy.

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