Rep. Matt Claman’s Alaska Matters: Governor Dunleavy Releases Budget Proposal

Yesterday, Governor Dunleavy released his FY2020 budget containing a $1.7 billion reduction in overall funds. I am very concerned about the proposal to substantially cut important services, including a 23% reduction in school district funding, a 44% reduction to the university system, elimination of the Senior Benefits Program, and a nearly 40% cut to Medicaid services.

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Governor’s Budget Out Tomorrow

With a split of 20-20, the House still has failed to organize. Although I am frustrated with the current standstill, it is not because of apathy or lack of trying. Every day, House members meet for hours to negotiate. There are dozens of ideas floating around, and I am only one member of 40, each with their own agenda. As the sole Independent in the legislature, I am working with a variety of people every day to build a majority that values similar priorities to Southern Southeast. I ask for your continued patience so that I can put District 36 in the best position this legislative session.

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Rep. Andy Josephson’s Legislative News

Yesterday, Governor Dunleavy’s Office of Management and Budget Director, Donna Arduin and Budget Director, Lacey Sanders, presented a walk-through of the fiscal year 2019 supplemental budget bills. Click here to view a summary. Typically, supplemental budgets are used to address emergency expenses not otherwise covered by the budgets passed during the prior session. However, the Governor’s supplemental budget eliminates $20 million in one-time education funding that the Legislature approved last year.

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Week 3 and Upcoming Community Events

Tuesday marked my third week on the job being your representative to the Alaska Legislature. I am not pleased that the House is still unorganized, but know that I am working daily to form a durable House organization that can 1) govern effectively and 2) adhere to the values and priorities I’ve heard from many of my neighbors: great education for our children, improved public safety, reliable and efficient public services, and a robust and perpetual PFD.

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