I’ve heard over and over from people in our neighborhood in support of a balanced budget that protects core services and our Permanent Fund savings. Now I want to make sure all legislators hear your voice as the state’s fiscal plan working group takes public testimony. Please attend in person (masked) or call in at 563-9085 from 6-9pm at the Anchorage LIO:
ANCHORAGE – Thursday, July 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office at 1500 W Benson Boulevard, Anchorage, AK 99503. Livestream on AKL.tv.
WASILLA – Friday, July 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mat-Su Legislative Information Office at 600 Railroad Avenue #1, Wasilla, AK 99654. Audio only on AKL.tv.
FAIRBANKS – Saturday, July 31 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office at 1292 Sadler Way #308, Fairbanks, AK 99701. Audio only on AKL.tv.
JUNEAU – Monday, August 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Alaska State Capitol Senate Finance Committee Room 532. Streamed live on AKL.tv.
Individuals who are unavailable to testify in person will have the opportunity to participate during the Juneau hearing on Monday, August 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. During that hearing, Juneau residents can call 907-586-9085, Anchorage residents can call 907-563-9085, and other Alaskans can call 844-586-9085 anywhere else.
The third special session is scheduled to convene in August. Perhaps there will be a miracle and the Governor and House minority will publicly acknowledge that significant new revenue would be needed for large dividends. But in the absence of such a miracle, I’m optimistic we have the votes to prevent a raid on the Permanent Fund. If you get discouraged by the Governor’s demagoguery, just remember: thanks to legislators working together, we have defended our savings from attack for three years. Every day that our Permanent Fund grows, we strengthen our ability to fund core services and diversify the economy to make Alaska the most prosperous state in America.
See you around the neighborhood,