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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are about a month into the legislative session and there have already been many interesting developments at the Capitol, not the least of which would be the Governor’s about-face on education funding.
Faced with public outrage and a robust recall effort, Dunleavy has backed down on previous attempts to slash education funding. Instead, he now is promoting The Alaska Reads Act, which would provide resources to improve reading scores statewide, and also expand voluntary Pre-K in Alaska.
The Alaska Reads Act is based in part on the work of the Task Force on Reading Proficiency and Dyslexia which I led in 2018, so I am really excited to be a part of the effort. I care about Alaska’s children and their parents more than holding a grudge, so I welcome the Governor’s new attitude!
YOUR TESTIMONY NEEDED ON THE OPERATING BUDGET
Although Governor Dunleavy submitted a more reasonable operating budget this year, Alaska is still reeling from last year’s devastating cuts which have devastated the ferry system, the university, Medicaid, and many other essential functions.
This is a great time for the public to get involved and weigh in on the issue, because this week the House Finance Committee will be taking statewide testimony on the Operating Budget.
Public testimony on the budget will take place Wednesday, February 19-Saturday, February 22. Alaskans can submit written testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org any time before 5:00 PM on February 22.
Anchorage residents are invited to testify at the Anchorage Legislative Building at 1500 West Benson Boulevard on Friday, February 21, 5:00-6:45 PM. All Alaskans are invited to testify at Legislative Information Offices across the state on Saturday, February 22, noon-3:00 PM.
You can testify from Anchorage numbers by calling 563-9085. Please RSVP and invite your friends to the Facebook event.
Please watch your mailbox for the invitation above. I hope to see you there!
I also wanted to invite you to two important events this Saturday. The first one is the annual Anchorage Legislative Caucus at 10:00 am at the Loussac Library Assembly Chambers, and the second is a Constituent Pizza Party at the Anchorage LIO which I will be hosting with other midtown Legislators at 1:30 pm.
As always, please call or email with any thoughts, ideas, or concerns.