Rep. Dibert to Visit Fairbanks this weekend

I will be in Fairbanks on February 16th, 17th, and 18th, for meetings and to speak with constituents. On Sunday, February 18th I am hosting a Constituent Coffee at McCafferty’s Coffee House, 408 Cushman St. from 10:00--11:30 am. Feel free to drop in for a cup of coffee or tea and to ask questions and share your ideas and concerns. If you can't make it to this event look for me around town. If you do run into me don't hesitate to say hi and to let me know what's most important to you and how I can be of service to you while I'm in Juneau. I am also visiting the Fairbanks Fire and Police Departments as well as one or more public schools while I'm in town. For the rest of the weekend, I will be spending time with my family and friends as well as spending time in the community attending events and doing some regular errands. Look for me at Costco, Freds, or some other store or chat me up at one of the hockey games I hope to attend as part of Hockey Week in Fairbanks. Or, maybe you'll see me at one of our great local restaurants. Don't hesitate to stop in and say hello. I love hearing from Fairbanksans I run into around town. It's truly one of the best parts of my job -- hearing from you!

Town Hall - Great Turnout

Last Saturday, February 10th, Senator Scott Kawasaki and I held a town hall event at the LIO in Fairbanks. We spoke to a packed house who listened to our updates and asked lots of great questions. Many folks shared concerns about our community, our families, and our state. Thank you to all the Fairbanks community members for attending. Constituents shared their diverse views and asked a variety of questions. The most common areas discussed were: increasing education funding, the Governor's executive orders, retaining essential public employees, road safety & and the ore-haul trucks, and food security. Thank you again to the people of Fairbanks for staying engaged. It gives me faith to hear from you and see your commitment to our community.

Senator Murkowski Address

On Thursday, February 15, Senator Lisa Murkowski delivered her annual address to a joint session of the legislature. Her speech covered a wide range of topics. She pointed out that we are behind in housing, childcare, and education. She pressed us to stay focused on these priorities. The Senator urged us to provide state matching funds for the Alaska Marine Highway System, Head Start Pre-K programs, vocational education, and infrastructure. She pointed out that much of the funding she secured for homeless youth in Alaska has yet to be deployed. At the end of her address, I was honored to be called on to rise and ask a question of the Senator. I asked Senator Murkowski if she could give us an update on her involvement in the Arctic sphere, and could she shed light on the current state of international relationships within the Arctic Region. If you would like to view the Senator's speech in its entirety including my question at the very end, view it here. I look forward to hearing the upcoming addresses from Senator Sullivan and Representative Peltola and respectively.

Rep. Dibert joined a group of other Alaskan women representatives and senators for a photo with Senator Lisa Murkowski during her visit to the capitol on Thursday February. 15.

HB 147 Update

Thia week my staff and I were delighted to see HB 147, my legislation facilitating retired teachers returning to schools to substitute, pass out of the the House Labor and Commerce and Education Committees. I am hoping that the bill is now on track to reach the House floor for consideration by the whole body.

Quick Legislative Update

My office continues to meet with constituents as well as representatives from non-profit organizations, department heads, utilities, businesses large and small, advocacy groups, and more. My goal is to listen to people and to use their input to guide and inform my work. I look forward to my Fairbanks visit this weekend to hear more directly from constituents. On the legislative front, there still is not much floor action on the House side as we await the Omnibus Education package that we are told is in negotiations with the Senate. Without being given a formal place at the table, the Alaska House Coalition, of which I am a part of, is left to speculate as to the timing and the content of one of the most important areas of legislative concern for our state, namely public education funding and our future as a state. All of the committees I serve on have been very busy hearing proposed bills and informational presentations. I currently serve on the following committees and finance subcommittees:

On Wednesday news broke that the Federal Highway Administration had rejected the State Transportation Improvement Plan, or STIP. This means unless the required changes are made within the next 13 days our state could lose billions of dollars in Federal transportation money. Here is an Alaska Beacon article with details on the STIP rejection.

Additionally, the Executive Orders proposed by the Governor are also consuming lots of bandwidth as the Senate and a few House Committees have started to examine the proposals more closely. Legislators have received a fair amount of email and phone traffic, mostly in opposition, to several of the proposed Executive Orders. A full list and text of the proposals can be found here. The legislature may move to officially disapprove several of these EOs. Of course, the State Budget is the elephant in the room and those discussions are not that far off either.

Opportunities to Testify & Give Input:

Public Testimony Opportunities This list is updated daily.

Public Opinion Messages Communicate with your Legislators.

** Remember if you are interested in what's going on during session, you can read about and watch all the action in Juneau. You can watch every single floor session, hearing, and committee meeting live or on an archived basis at Gavel Alaska. See below for useful links that citizens can use to track what's happening:

If you need something specific and you can not locate it, let my office know and we would be glad to assist.

Fairbanks Warming Shelter, HopeLink, is now open. Fairbanks HopeLink, located at 317 Wendell Ave, is an overnight warming center, open 7 nights a week, "meeting people where they are and keeping them warm, safe, and connected to community resources." The shelter is committed to providing a low-barrier environment for individuals experiencing homelessness during cold winter nights. If you know of anyone needing a warm shelter, please pass the word. If you would like to get involved and help out, please contact them or visit the shelter.

Have you applied for the PFD yet?

The 2024 PFD filing season has begun. The application period is open until 11:59 PM Sunday, March 31, 2024. You can get more information and apply on line HERE.

Select Job Opportunities

List of current positions for:

-Fairbanks Pioneer Home

-State of Alaska positions in Fairbanks

-Fairbanks School District - Job Openings

-UAF Job Openings

Alaska’s Job Centers

* Job seekers:

* Employers:

Thanks for staying engaged! I hope to see you in Fairbanks at my Constituent Coffee & Tea, on Sunday, February 18th, from 10:30 to 11:30 am at McCafferty's Coffee House in Downtown. Please Drop in and say hello.

Also, Please feel welcome to visit my office in person or to give us a call anytime. We are here to help.

In humble service to the People of Fairbanks,

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Juneau, AK 99801

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Governor Dunleavy

(907) 465-3500

Senator Scott Kawasaki

(907) 907-465-3466

Senator Dan Sullivan

(202) 224-3004

Senator Lisa Murkowski

(202) 224-6665

Representative Mary Peltola

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