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|Volume 9: Issue 1
||February 3, 2017
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The session is in swing now, and a lot of friends, both old and new, are rolling up their sleeves. The Capitol is buzzing with members and their staff, as well as folks from the executive branch. The 30th Legislature is at work.
It’s always good to catch up and hear about the legislative needs of my constituents. I enjoy talking with folks and getting news about our communities, the many sectors of our economy, and what’s going on with you.
Our Legislative Delegation:
Glad to hear from you! Rep. Kito, Rep. Parish, and I are all located on the Fourth floor of the Capitol so we’re easy to find. The Capitol stays busy, but there’s no better use of our time than getting your ideas and support! Keep them coming!
Governor Walker decided on the “no Build” option for Juneau Access. I disagree with the Governor’s decision, and I will work with my colleagues and the administration to better understand our choices going forward. This was a big setback, but I won’t stop working to improve access to Alaska’s capital city.
As a member of the Senate Transportation Committee I’ll also focus on the proposed Alaska Marine Highway restructuring and the Department of Transportation’s work to meet the transportation needs of all Alaskans. We need a strong ferry system, good roads, safe airports, and thriving harbors for Alaskans and businesses to keep our state moving.
I am on three budget subcommittees this session. I’ll work closely on the budgets for the departments of Fish and Game, Administration, and Transportation. We have to make sure Juneau gets treated fairly!
Shannon Butler of Aetna stopped by with Andrea Watt to answer some of the questions constituents have had about their health coverage. Aetna administers the State’s health insurance program for both active employees and retirees, so we had a lot to talk about.
You can reach their customer service at www.aetna.com and by telephone at (844) 784-8646. For tough cases, their local Juneau office is open 8-5 daily in Suite 305 at Sealaska Plaza. (They do ask us to call first, because that’s the most efficient way to handle most issues.)
Alaska Chamber Encourages Fiscal Solution
Visitors during session are quick to give us advice on how to address Alaska’s budget woes – and the importance of doing it sooner, rather than later. The legislature kicked the can last year, so the stakes are higher and we have fewer options this year. Members of the State Chamber of Commerce came in to talk about the impacts to Alaska business and our state’s economy.
Jim Scholz of Samson and Kurt Parkan of Donlin Gold met with me last week.
|Kudos from Juneau
Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast a great place to live!
Invested in Juneau – He was superintendent of the Juneau School District. He was the Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Administration. And he just retired after years as the state’s Chief Investment Officer. Also, Gary is a super-nice guy. Thanks for all the years of work, Gary!
Dominant – JDHS grad Gabi Fenumiai keeps playing her way through the Evergreen State record books. Her recent 16 points and 17 rebounds against Walla Walla College notched the 6th all-time rebound record for Evergreen, and she just keeps pulling them down. Way to play, Gabi!
Inspiring – Nearly a thousand people braved gusting wind and bitter cold to gather in front of the Capitol for the Women’s March on Juneau January 21, 2017. After some amazing speeches (plus poetry and songs,) the group marched to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. It’s one of the largest demonstrations I’ve ever seen in Juneau. We joined national and international efforts, including marches in Haines, Gustavus, Skagway, Anchorage, Bethel and Adak!
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