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CLIFF NOTES #29

Food & Funds

February 16th, 2024

Serving House District 18

Government Hill; JBER; parts of North Muldoon, Downtown, Fairview, and Mountain View

Newsletter Topics: Food security & sustainability, building leadership, Alaska Warrior Partnership survey, the future of the Permanent Fund, & events in Anchorage.

I apologize, we had to switch services for our newsletters, and there have been some issues. Hopefully from now on it will be sent out Saturdays at 8:00 am. I apologize for the inconsistence!

If anyone experiences any issues with receiving the newsletter, please give us a call and we'll troubleshoot it! - Sophie (staff)

Photo from Kava's Pancake House last weekend!

Left to right: Carl Berger, Kevin Groh, me, & Theresa Philbrick

This week was Food Security Week at the Capitol!



We've had some amazing people visit the Capitol, including the Food Bank of Alaska and the Mat-Su Food Coalition. The focus has been on both food security and food sustainability.


Food security is the idea that nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate food is available and accessible to all people. The Food Bank of Alaska is dedicated to ensuring that food that would otherwise go to waste is used to feed Alaskans who desperately need it.


Food sustainability, on the other hand, is the goal of producing food in a way that protects the environment. This means that the development needed for the present does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Joseph Davis from the Mat-Su Food Coalition came in to discuss this goal. Joseph is a quinoa farmer in Glacier View near the Matanuska Glacier and an impressive community leader.

4H Governance Program

On Tuesday I met with siblings Tybee (left) & Yaquina Repnow (right) from the 4H Governance Program.


I was pleased to see young people interested in how government works who aspire to be leaders in their communities.


They asked questions about the journey I took to become a State Representative.


The kids of Alaska are our future, and we have to continue investing in them and listening to the issues they care about.

Alaska Warrior Partnership Community Integration Survey



I want to share the Alaska Warrior Partnership's Community Integration Survey. The purpose of this survey is to understand how our communities can best support veterans, service members, family members, and caregivers to improve their quality of life and prevent veteran suicide. The Alaska Warrior Partnership's goal with this survey is to gather and evaluate information that will improve the quality of local services.


The link below will take you to the survey. If you know a veteran, please share this with them.


Alaska Warrior Partnership Survey

I am deeply concerned about the future of the Permanent Fund.


The Permanent Fund faces several threats. One of them was highlighted at the February 8th meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee, where the committee chair showed his new long-term fiscal model. The chair--a member of the Republican-dominated House Majority--is joining others in officially modelling huge withdrawals from the Permanent Fund’s Earnings Reserve account.

This move lays the groundwork for an eventual raid on the Permanent Fund--reducing the size of PFDs and the Percent of Market Value (POMV) draw for all Alaskans until it is gone forever. We must save the Permanent Fund! 


On Thursday night the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation held an open house at its Juneau headquarters. I have spoken with all six Trustees of the Permanent Fund's Board--as well as CEO Deven Mitchell--about protecting the Permanent Fund from the multiple threats it confronts. The Board of Trustees have repeatedly passed resolutions calling for a constitutional amendment such as the one I proposed in 2023, House Joint Resolution 9 (HJR 9). This proposed constitutional amendment would create a single-account structure for the Permanent Fund to safeguard it against unsustainable legislative raids on the Permanent Fund's earnings.


To further protect the Permanent Fund, I am introducing legislation that would create standing committees in the House and Senate solely devoted to oversight of the Permanent Fund. This jewel of our state is so important that the Legislature needs to exercise more oversight to make sure that the Permanent Fund stays true to its original purpose of growing safely forever to benefit all Alaskans.

Middle: Allen Waldrop (Director of Private Equity at Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

Right: Deven Mitchell (CEO of Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation)

Middle: Clinton Ladley (Deputy Commissioner of Dept. of Family & Community Services)

Right: Adam Crum (Commissioner of Revenue & Trustee of Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.)

LOOKING FORWARDS!


The personal bill introduction deadline is in the afternoon of this upcoming Monday, the 19th. I've got a few bills coming, so keep an eye out for those. I can't wait to share all of them with you in the newsletter next week!

Events in Anchorage!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Kava's last weekend to discuss legislative priorities over a short stack.


I will be back in Anchorage, with events both at Lucky Wishbone & Kava's Pancake House on Saturday, February 24th.


I hope to see you there!

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Friends, neighbors, I hope you are enjoying the slowly lengthening days. Stay warm out there and please reach out anytime. 



All the best,

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- Proudly Serving House District 18 -

(Government Hill, JBER, and parts of North Muldoon, Downtown, Fairview, and Mountain View)

Cameron Ebersold

Chief of Staff

Email: Cameron.Ebersold@akleg.gov

Sophie Weiser

Staff

Email: Sophie.Weiser@akleg.gov



Office: 907-465-4998

Fax: 907-269-0229


LIO.Anchorage@akleg.gov




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