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February 21, 2020
Speak Up for a Responsible Budget
The 2020 legislative session has passed the 30-day mark with most of the work so far focused on developing the state budget for the next fiscal year. My priority is to help craft a responsible state budget that protects essential state services like education and public safety.
The first step in the legislature’s annual budget process is for every lawmaker to get their hands on the budget through the 18 budget subcommittees in the House and Senate that look at the budgets for each state department. The finance subcommittees in the House wrapped up their work last week with a series of recommendations to the full House Finance Committee.
Governor Dunleavy’s proposed budget and the recommendations from the finance subcommittees are now up for public comment before the House Finance Committee, which will put together the budget that will go to the House Floor sometime in early March.
Anchorage residents can testify in person tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. In-person public testimony will be also be taken Saturday from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Anchorage LIO. If you can’t make it to the LIO, you can phone in your testimony by calling (907) 563-9085 if you are in Anchorage. Those outside of Anchorage can call toll-free 1-844-586-9085. If you would rather put your testimony in writing, you can email it to the House Finance Committee at House.Finance@akleg.gov.
Anchorage Caucus is Saturday
My mom prepared me for public service by teaching me the importance of keeping your word, treating people with respect, and the value of hard work. However, I think the most important thing a lawmaker can do is listen to the thoughts, concerns, and ideas of the people. That’s why I enjoy coming home during the session for the annual Anchorage Caucus meeting. Please join me and many of the other lawmakers that represent Anchorage on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Anchorage Assembly Chambers.
Get Involved and Stay Involved
There are a lot of ways to engage in the legislative process in Juneau. You can watch every committee hearing through the Alaska State Legislature’s website, and many hearings are broadcast on Gavel Alaska.
The easiest way to track the progress of legislation is on BASIS, which is a website that includes information on legislation and the work of the Alaska Legislature. You can also follow the progress of a specific piece of legislation on your smartphone by texting any bill number to 559-245-2529.
Thanks for Visiting
One of the perks of serving in the Alaska State Legislature is being able to meet interesting people from across our great state. Thanks to everyone who has visited with me so far this session, and please don’t hesitate to visit me when you are in Juneau.
Rep. Tuck with members of Facing Foster Care in Alaska, including District 23 constituent Abigail Redmond, second from the left. Also pictured are Rachel Bedsworth and Marie Donajkowski..
Rep. Tuck meeting with members of 4-H on Thursday, February 20.
Rep. Tuck meeting with representatives of the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center and the Seward Community Health Center on February 20.
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