Operating budget passes the House, Constituent Coffee in the morning

Great news: We have passed an operating budget through the House, which now will head over to the Senate. I am honored to participate in this process alongside colleagues and friends on both sides of the aisle. All members participated in this budget process, and the budget that passed contains changes from Finance Subcommittees, full House Finance, and the House floor. Here are some highlights:

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NEWS: Anchorage Legislators Want Your Feedback on Saturday

Juneau – Members of the Alaska State Legislature who represent the Anchorage area are excited to announce the 2019 Anchorage Caucus. Unlike years past, the Anchorage Caucus will be split between two weekends. The first Anchorage Caucus event will be Saturday, February 23, at the Anchorage School District Education Center. The second Anchorage Caucus event will be held Saturday, March 2nd at the East Anchorage High School.

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Join Me at Anchorage Caucus

After the longest stalemate in state history, we voted to elect Representative Bryce Edgmon as Speaker, with a shared leadership team and caucus membership that includes Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. I was honored to cast a vote in support of Speaker Edgmon, and am looking forward to fulfilling our job of developing and passing a state budget. As one of my colleagues said in supporting Speaker Edgmon, “To hell with politics—let’s do what’s right for Alaska.”

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NEWS: Health Insurance Prices Will Go Up if Medicaid Expansion is Repealed

Juneau – Today, Representatives Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel) and Zack Fields (D-Anchorage) released a report outlining the potential impacts of repealing Medicaid expansion in Alaska. Medicaid expansion was implemented in 2015 to provide medical insurance coverage to a portion of Alaskans who live just above the poverty line. The report, prepared by the non-partisan Legislative Research Services, finds that if Medicaid….

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