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December 21, 2018

In this issue:

•  Looking Ahead to the New Year

•  Health Insurance Enrollment Extended

•  Community Events

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Holidays! May the celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah and the coming New Year bring you and your loved ones joy and good health. Today also marks winter solstice—the year’s single shortest day measured by length of daylight. Here’s to celebrating the coming of light in Alaska!

Looking Ahead to the New Year

Governor Dunleavy Releases Preliminary Budget

On Friday, Governor Dunleavy released his FY20 budget proposal. The administration submitted former Governor Walkers’ $11.5 billion budget, but noted that the projected $75/barrel oil prices are unrealistic. Based on more recent information, the Governor’s office projected oil prices at $64/barrel. The Dunleavy budget also reflects $3,000 Permanent Fund dividends paid under the current statutory formula. The increased dividend expands the budget to $12.2 billion. The larger dividend coupled with the lower oil forecast leaves a projected $1.6 billion deficit.

The Dunleavy administration will prepare specifics about department budgets and potential cuts over the coming weeks. The administration is statutorily allowed to submit budget amendments to the Legislature through February 13th.

The budget documents are posted on the Office of Management and Budget website:

The Department of Revenue released the Fall 2018 Revenue Sources Book. The Revenue Sources Book may be found here:


Health Insurance Enrollment Extended to Jan. 29 for Southcentral Alaska

Alaskans living in the areas affected by the Nov. 30 earthquake will have 45 extra days to enroll in health care insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that although the open enrollment period for 2019 health insurance ends on Dec. 15, a special enrollment period has been opened through January 29 for Alaskans were living in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough or Kenai Peninsula Borough at the time of the quake and were unable to complete enrollment.

For more information about the extra time and for help in completing enrollment, call United Way’s 2-1-1 line or 800-478-2221, or call the call center at 800-318-2596.


Community Events

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:

Winter Solstice Festival

Gather your family and friends at Cuddy Family Midtown Park for ice skating, fat tire bike rides, sleigh rides, food trucks, a light parade, and burn barrels.


When: Friday, December 21 from 5:00 — 8:00 PM
Where: Cuddy Family Midtown Park, 201 E. 40th Ave.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.


Santa 2.5K Run

Run for a cause this weekend. Dress up as Santa and run one lap around Goose Lake. Proceeds from the race will go to Habitat for Humanity and the AE Club at UAA. The race starts and finishes at the Social Sciences Building at UAA. There is a $25 online registration and a Santa medal for all finishers. Click here to register. Parking on campus is free on the weekends.


When: Saturday, December 22 from 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Where: UAA Social Sciences Building West Entrance, 3190 Alumni Dr.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Happy Holidays,

signed: Matt Claman

Rep. Matt Claman

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Contact Information

(907) 465-4919

State Capitol Bldg. Rm 118
Juneau, Alaska 99801

Contact the Governor

550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1700
Anchorage, AK 99501
T (907) 269-7450 F (907) 269-7461
EMAIL: Governor Mike Dunleavy

State Info (907) 269-5111

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