JULY 11, 2014
NEWS: House Democrats Oppose Increased LIO Expenditure
Furniture Budget Raised 500% Despite Democrats’ Objection
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10th, 2014
House Democratic Leader Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) today reiterated his caucus’s position regarding yesterday’s Legislative Council vote to authorize increased spending on the Anchorage Legislative Information Office (LIO).
“There’s no need to spend a half-million dollars on furniture, especially in these tight fiscal times,” Tuck said. “We support a functional LIO to serve the public, but now is not the time to quintuple the furniture budget.” …
READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE here. My colleagues and I find ourselves disappointed by the Republican Majority vote to increase spending to $500,000. We need to have functional offices for ourselves and our staff so we can serve our constituents, but I personally think that we have good options already. There is no need, in these tight fiscal times, to spend such an excessive amount of public funds on prettier chairs.
Welcome to the Neighborhood!
Taking the Initiative to learn about Ballot Initiatives
Alaska Common Ground is sponsoring a series of forums on the August referendum on oil taxes and the three initiatives appearing on the November ballot. This will be an opportunity for voters to hear experts on both sides of the issues discuss the pros and cons of each measure.
These forums will be held at the Wilda Marston Theatre in the Loussac Library, Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm, starting July 23rd. They are free and open to the public.
AYEA Teen Opportunity
Alaska Youth for Environmental Action is looking for passionate, energetic rural and urban teens to join our youth-led campaign to fight climate change!
The Youth Organizer Summit will bring 15 Youth Organizers together Friday - Monday, September 19-22 in Sutton to learn more about climate change, develop the campaign plan, and build skills to effectively take action throughout the school year.
How to Apply:
Step 1) Read the Youth Organizer responsibilities and benefits
Step 2) Apply to be a Youth Organizer
Step 3) Forward this information to everyone you know who would be a great youth organizer or who might know other great youth organizers
Deadline to apply is July 15 - Don't wait, apply today!
Adults - Nominate an awesome teen you know! Send a short email to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your recommendation and then support the teen in getting their application in by July 15.