Budget Testimony this Thursday for Fairbanks

We have now reached the 7th week of the 2018 legislative session, which is about halfway through the regular 90-day session. Last week, we finished the budget subcommittee process, and the State’s budget has now been sent back to Finance for review and to take public testimony.

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Rep. Wool’s February 13th Newsletter: Taking Care of Business — Bills, Committees, and More

It’s the fifth week of the 2018 legislative session, and I have been busy working on the State’s budget as well as my own bills. We are getting close to wrapping up finance to wrapping up finance subcommittees, which is an important step in reviewing the budgets of individual State Agencies and making recommendations. I have also been kept busy with appointments with people from our district as well as groups from all around Alaska. Listening to your concerns and helping to answer your questions is a continuing priority.

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Rep. Wool’s November 8th Newsletter: Crime Reform Bill Passes in the House

Rep. Wool Newsletter

Late Monday night around midnight the House passed SB 54, which was designed to fix SB 91, the crime and sentencing reform omnibus bill passed by the Legislature in 2016. I am glad that SB 91 was passed and for the most part it does what it was supposed to do. Although, in some areas we may have gone a bit too far. Overall, I believe that these bills will reduce crime and make Alaska a safer place.

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Rep. Wool’s July 28th Newsletter: Legislature Finally Passes Capital Budget

Rep. Wool Newsletter

Yesterday, July 27, the Legislature finally passed SB 23, the capital budget, which funds infrastructure projects across the state. I joined the majority of my House colleagues, who voted in favor 27 to 13. The Senate vote was 15-4.​ I’m glad the Legislature passed this bill before August 1, after which the Governor said projects could be delayed. This capital budget will create some much needed jobs in the Fairbanks area and around the state.

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Rep. Wool’s June 26th Newsletter: Budget Compromise Reached

Rep. Wool Newsletter

I am excited to finally be returning to my family in Fairbanks, hopefully to enjoy the remainder of the summer at home; but of course I don’t know when I might have to go back to Juneau. I hope you have been taking advantage of these long summer days to spend time with your friends and family.

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