Rep. Chris Tuck

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Time for the Public to Have a Voice!

Dear Neighbors,

The House Independent Democratic Coalition and the Senate Democrats have developed a plan of action and public hearings in response to the disappointing lack of progress in the special session.

On April 30th the Republican led House and Senate majorities, over Democratic and Independent objections, voted to authorize a 13 day break from work in Juneau. 

Rep. Chris Tuck talked with the press after a successful constituent meeting this past weekend.
Rep. Chris Tuck talked with the press after a successful constituent meeting this past weekend.

These imposed delays during special session have been aimed at running out the clock.  Without all legislators working together in one place, the current break is getting Alaska no closer to a budget.  No hearings have occurred on Medicaid expansion or Erin's Law in the past two weeks of this special session.  That's not work, it is a delay.  Alaska needs a plan of action.

Starting tomorrow, the Republican-led majorities plan to send only 2 or 3 people to Juneau for "technical" sessions.  Technical sessions do not include meetings of the full legislative body or substantive consideration of legislation on the call of the special session.

Since special session convened on April 27th, there have been zero public hearings on Medicaid expansion and Erin's Law.  Four hearings, without public testimony, have been held on the state budget with nothing new to present.  The special session is scheduled to end May 26th. 

The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition and the Senate Democrats plan to hold a series of public hearings across Alaska starting this Thursday in Anchorage at the Legislative Information Office.  The public hearings will focus on listening to the Alaska public on the special session issues of the state budget, Medicaid expansion, and Erin's Law.

Here are the details on the first hearing:

WHAT: Public testimony on the issues of special session

WHERE: The Anchorage Legislative Information Office, 716 W. 4th Avenue, Ground floor auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, May 14th, from 5:30-7:30 pm

TELECONFERENCE: 844-586-9085


To be clear, the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition and the Senate Democrats have offered a plan to reprioritize the current budget to protect children and seniors by cutting wasteful spending. 

Instead, the Majority is moving forward with devastating cuts that hurt regular Alaskans but don’t do anything to balance the budget, they have held the oil industry harmless, agreeing to pay them $700 million dollars in tax credits in the next fiscal year. 

Last session Majority members already proposed to use part of the Permanent Fund Dividend to pay for government, to raise gasoline taxes, and to implement a statewide income tax.  We in the Independent Democratic Coalition are opposed to these proposals.  We instead support a sensible budget plan which gets us a fair share for our oil before we demand greater sacrifices from children, seniors, and hardworking Alaskans.

Please attend the meeting this Thursday and let the legislature know the public supports a reasonable approach to government spending and the special session.

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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