March 11, 2011

The Coalition working for you

Rep. Beth Kerttula’s Juneau Newsletter: Gasline Compass Piece and Budget Update

My heart goes out to the victims of the horrific earthquake in Japan this morning. It reminded me of being in second grade and watching the ground literally move in waves during the 1964 earthquake that devastated Alaska. I will be watching for ways to help.

Last week, the Anchorage Daily News ran my compass piece on the gasline and why I believe we shouldn’t change course now. I wanted to be sure to share that with you in case you missed it.

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House Passes Resolution Urging TSA to End Invasive Procedures

New procedures go too far, sacrifice dignity

JUNEAU – Today, The Alaska House of Representatives passed a resolution (HCR8) by Representative Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage) urging the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to end its recently implemented invasive pat-down procedures and immediately revert to its prior, less invasive, protocol. Representative Sharon Cissna (D-Anchorage), who recently earned national attention for refusing to participate in a TSA pat-down, co-authored the resolution.

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We moved the state operating budget out of the powerful House Finance Committee, across the House floor and on to the Senate this week. The budget is a 79-page monster costing about $8.9 billion. At least that’s how it left the House. Budgets never get smaller, however. They only grow. So there’s no telling how much bigger it will get in the Senate, then in conference committee. But unless a meteor wipes out the Prudhoe Bay oil fields, we can probably afford it.

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