NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Unites in Opposition to Operating Budget that Harms Kids, Seniors and the Neediest of Alaskans

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Thursday night without the support of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition. All 13 members voted no because the budget harms seniors and children while protecting corporate interests and unaffordable projects. The Republican budget includes the total elimination of pre-k programs and a significant $32 million cut in funding for K-12 public education. Overall, the budget deficit still remains $3.5 billion. The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition proposed millions of dollars in spending cuts while supporting efforts to protect education, seniors and kids.

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News: Creamer’s Field Expansion Moves from House Resources Committee

Rep. Adam Wool

Juneau – The House Resources Committee unanimously moved House Bill 70 to expand the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge out of committee today. This legislation, sponsored by Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) and Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks), would add four state-owned parcels to the popular Fairbanks refuge.

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NEWS: House Minority Members Respond to Governor’s State of the Budget Address

JUNEAU – Alaska Governor Bill Walker presented his first State of the Budget address Thursday night. Governor Walker outlined both short and long-term plans to deal with a daunting fiscal crisis brought on by declining oil production and prices. The House Minority, made up of Democrats and an Independent, appreciates the care Governor Walker took in suggesting ideas for the Alaska Legislature to consider in the coming months.

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NEWS: Legislation Introduced to Expand the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

JUNEAU – Today Rep. Adam Wool (D-Fairbanks) and Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D-Fairbanks) introduced legislation to expand the popular Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks. House Bill 70 would add four state owned parcels to the popular recreation area. Rep’s Wool and Kawasaki both cited their personal experiences with the refuge as inspiration for sponsoring this bill.

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