Rep. Adam Wool e-news update: Operating and Capital budgets signed

Today, the Governor signed the operating budget (HB2001) which restored $110 million of vetoed funding back to the University. Other cuts that were reversed include the Alaska State Council on the Arts, senior benefits, community services grants (homelessness assistance), early learning, Alaska Legal Services, Online with Libraries, and agricultural programs. I’m glad to see these cuts restored. However, the Gov did keep cuts that I do not agree with to: Alaska Public Broadcasting, Ocean Rangers, Medicaid, VPSO program, Civil Air Patrol, and the Alaska Marine Highway System.

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Rep. Adam Wool’s E-News Update: Time to Work Together

First, I want to thank everyone again for hanging in there during this incredibly stressful and tough time. Thank you for continuing to share your thoughts and concerns with me. Today, the House voted to pass a PFD bill. As you read this, the bill is making its way to the Senate.

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Rep. Adam Wool’s E-News Update: Veto Override Joint Session July 10

Thank you to the many thousands of Alaskans who are staying engaged during this critical time for our State. I have heard from hundreds of my constituents regarding the Governor’s vetoes, and I appreciate the personal stories I have received as well as all the advocacy that has been done for the University, arts, Medicaid, homeless assistance funding, and the many other programs and services that would be affected by the Governor’s budget vetoes.

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Rep. Wool E-news: Community Meeting this Wednesday 7/3, 5:30PM @ Pioneer Park

Thank you to everyone who has emailed or called in the past few days to share your thoughts and concerns with me. The extent of the Governor’s vetoes came as a shock to many of us, especially with regards to the University. The elimination of Senior Benefits, State Arts Council, public broadcasting and reductions to Head Start and many other cuts are also devastating. I intend to oppose these vetoes and will encourage my colleagues to do the same. We will have lots to do when we begin our special session on July 8th.

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Rep. Adam Wool E-News Update: First Special Session Ends- Permanent Fund Working Group Holding Meetings

Summer is underway in Fairbanks, with many bright and sunny days ahead of us! Meanwhile, the Governor’s Special Session has concluded, and Legislators have headed home from Juneau. I am looking forward to being home more often during this beautiful time of year, but there is unfinished business that the Legislature is working on. Right now, I am serving on a working group made up of four House and four Senate members to explore the history of the Permanent Fund and ask critical questions. We have had only a few meetings so far, but I am optimistic that the conversations will contribute to better decision making for the future of the PFD.

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Rep. Adam Wool’s Update from Juneau: House Budget News

Last Thursday, the House passed its version of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) operating budget, with Democrats, Republicans, and Independents voting to pass a budget which aims to protect Alaska’s education, public safety, transportation, and health care programs. While I do not feel that the budget is perfect, it is a great improvement on the budget proposed by the governor two months ago.

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Rep. Adam Wool’s update from Juneau – See you this Sunday!

This weekend, the House Finance Committee will be visiting communities around the state to give constituents the opportunity to watch a short presentation on Alaska’s fiscal situation and to share their thoughts on the budget. Although I am not on the finance committee, I will be in attendance to hear from everyone in attendance, and I’d love to hear from you.

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Rep. Adam Wool’s Update from Juneau: Budget Discussions Heating Up

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see many of you at a constituent meeting hosted by Rep. Grier Hopkins and myself, and I’d like to thank everyone who came out for sharing their concerns with us. I think it’s fair to say that almost everyone in attendance was in favor of maintaining current levels of funding for state services, especially K-12 education and the University. People voiced a willingness to receive a….

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