September 7th constituent and public safety meeting and Voting to protect your PFD
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you’ve been having a wonderful summer! It’s been a few weeks since my last enews as we transitioned back to Anchorage, got unpacked, and resettled here. It’s so nice to be home!
Please save the date: September 7th Constituent & Public Safety Meeting
On Thursday, September 7th, Senator Begich and I will be hosting a fall constituent meeting from 6:00-8:00 pm at Clark Middle School. We want to provide you with a budget update as well as address neighborhood public safety concerns. We have several invited guests to answer questions. We want to have the right people so all of your questions can be answered. Below are the confirmed guest speakers at this time. We’ve also extended an invitation to the Mayor’s office.
Invited guests include:
Chief Justin Doll (Anchorage Police Department)
At the end of last month the Alaska Legislature passed a compromise capital budget that spends about $140M of state money to leverage about $1.2B in federal funds. I was a “no” vote on the capital budget because of the cut to the PFD. We know a “PFD cut only plan” harms working Alaskans the most and asks kids and Seniors on a fixed income to contribute more to the fiscal solution than the wealthiest Alaskans.
The main points of debate included the amount of the dividend check, funding for the AKLNG Project, and payments of oil tax credits. Funding for the AKLNG Project is becoming much harder to defend and public support has waned. Governor Walker said by this fall we would know if now is the time to move forward and time is running out for getting to a decision on moving forward. The House and Senate Resources Committees will get an update this fall that will inform our decisions going forward. Without definitive support for financing the project, we may have to wait until the conditions improve.
Oil credits were funded at the statutory level, another spending item I did not support. I could not support meeting the statutory minimum for oil credits if we also didn’t meet the statute for the PFD check.
DENOUNCING HATE AND RACISM
We are still struggling with the terrible tragedy of Charlottesville and it offers us a chance to reflect on where we are as a country and where we go as a community. Speaker Edgmon issued a statement following the tragic events. We stand together in calling for an end to hate, racism, and bigotry.
MOUNTAIN VIEW: MOST DIVERSE NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE US
We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Mayor Berkowitz’s office, the Anchorage Parks and Rec Department, and the Mountain View Community Council for working together on the new Mountain View gateway signage! It looks great and lets the world know what a diverse and inclusive neighborhood we’re proud to be a part of!
ALASKA HEALTH FAIR
The Alaska Health Fair has put out the fall dates for the Anchorage area! AHF is a nonprofit providing health fairs statewide since 1980. The health fairs being put on are educational events that provide affordable preventative testing and health screening to people in our community. They will be offering vision screenings, glaucoma screenings, comprehensive blood tests, blood typing, and much more. Here are the dates and times of the upcoming health fairs around town.
P.S. Please get in touch if we can be of assistance!