Between the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and the State’s budget challenges, we have quite a hill to climb for the work ahead.
I know I join you in the reality of our lives, communities, and world shifting and changing in a matter of weeks, days, and sometimes hours. I share with you feelings of uncertainty and vigilance about the presence of COVID-19 in Alaska, but also a deep sense of gratitude for ‘the helpers.’
With much going on in our world, the economy, and our state, please rest assured that we continue to work hard on the issues facing Alaska here in Juneau. I was looking forward to reconnecting with you during the Cama’i Festival, but I believe the planning team made the right decision to delay the event. As session progresses, feel free to reach out with questions or concerns.
We finally had a day of sunshine in Southeast. It was welcome after weeks of rain and snow! The FY21 operating budget is moving, I’ve been working to elevate focus on Bethel resident Rebecca Trimble’s story, and the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) bill is being considered in House Tribal Affairs. Please accept another update on my work in Juneau!
I’m not sure about you, but this week has gotten away from me! The halls of the Capitol were again buzzing with numerous legislative fly-ins, including Close Up, the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, and AARP. The FY21 operating budget continues its movement through the House and standing committees are fully immersed in policy work.