Rep. Chris Tuck

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Economic Report

Dear Neighbors,

Thank you to everyone who has contacted my office this legislative session. I always appreciate talking and discussing issues with as many people as possible. My goal is to find and apply real workable solutions that put Alaskans back to work and help make Alaska a better place to live. In pursuing these goals, I want to share a few reports that paint a picture of Alaska’s economic situation.

A new report from the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) looks at total state and local spending and compares that spending to some other states that have somewhat similar populations. This article shows that total state spending is down and continues to grow at a much slower rate than the U.S. average. 

Rep. Tuck with the Dimond High School basketball team, who visited the Capitol Building before a pair of successful games against Juneau-Douglas High School.

The State of Alaska’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Trends magazine’s February 2018 issue is also a great source for understanding Alaska’s economy. This issue includes three articles that discuss employment in Alaska:

                     Gas Project Will Create Thousands of Jobs for Alaskans introduces the Trends’ report by focusing on the importance of creating project labor agreements that help through training and education and puts Alaskans to work.

                     The North Slope Oil Patch shows that a new gas project will create thousands of jobs for Alaskans and tells the history of employment in Alaska’s oil fields.

                     Best Estimates Show Ongoing Job Loss clears up some potentially confusing statistics and misunderstandings about job losses in our state.

Another Trends issue from January 2018 identifies some good news for Anchorage and presents the employment forecast for the state of Alaska, Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Southeast.

Congratulations to Anchorage’s Keegan Messing! Keegan is in 10th place

after the men’s figure skating short program. Keegan is a dual-citizen

and makes history as the first Alaskan to figure skate at the Olympics.

Keegan skates tonight in the men’s free skate.

From these reports, we know that Alaska’s economy is currently struggling, yet a recovery could be around the corner if we unite together to identify and implement solutions that encourage economic growth that benefit all Alaskans for many years into the future.

As always, feel free to contact me to have discussions about what we can do together to make Alaska a better place to live.

I’m here for you, so please keep in touch on matters important to you and your family!

Warm regards,

[signed] Chris Tuck
      Chris Tuck
      Alaska State Representative
      District 23 - Anchorage

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