This year, more Alaskans than ever before weighed in on the state budget. I appreciate everyone who came out to provide feedback in person at the community meetings held by the House Finance Committee and those who called in to the full committee as they took public testimony here in Juneau. In an effort to pay $3,000 Permanent Fund Dividends, the Governor’s budget proposes taking hundreds of millions of shared taxes from local governments, while simultaneously slashing spending on Medicaid, Senior Benefits and services, K-12 education, University of Alaska, and the Marine Highway. Faced with drastic changes to basic infrastructure and services, Alaskans are making their voices heard. We will do our best to listen and produce a budget that keeps essential services intact.