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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau
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DENNIS EGAN

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Volume 8: Issue 4 March 4th, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Speak Now, or No Complaining!

Public testimony on the operating budget is this coming week.  Want to talk about ferry funding? Mental Health? Public Broadcasting?  Revenue Sharing?  How about pointing out places to spend less?  Juneau folks can talk from 3:45 - 5:30 Monday afternoon in the Senate Finance Committee.  Gustavus, Haines, Klukwan, & Skagway can talk from 3:45-5:30 on Tuesday. Call(907) 465-3753 (They can give you the toll-free number – I’m not supposed to put it in my newsletter for some reason.)  Everybody gets 2 minutes each.  If you have more to say than that, e-mail Finance.committee@akleg.gov (and send me a cc!)

I served on three budget subcommittees this year, and while I’m not one for giant speeches, there were a couple of cuts that just went too far.  I care deeply about our district, and I had some serious issues with the cuts to the ferry system.  You can read them here.  I also think totally eliminating state money for public broadcasting is a bad idea. You can see what I had to say about that here.  Those aren’t the only issues with the budget, so be sure to testify this coming week.

UAS Students Lead Toward Full Funding

Austin Tagaban, Tim Wilson, Sen. Egan and Hannah Wolfe-McPike
Austin Tagaban, Tim Wilson, Sen. Egan and Hannah Wolfe-McPike

The University of Alaska Coalition of Student Leaders came to the Capitol this week.  They understand there are budget cuts coming.  They did a great job telling legislators it’s still important we keep a strong university system, so our state has a prosperous future.  I agree with them!

Mining Manager from Haines 

Liz Cornejo with the Constantine Palmer Project in Haines briefed me on the mineral exploration her company is doing near the Canadian border.

Liz Cornejo with the Constantine Palmer Project in Haines briefed me on the mineral exploration her company is doing near the Canadian border.  I was happy to hear about this exploratory work going on in our District.  Thank you, Liz, for keeping me informed.

AARP is Always Welcome in My Office

My 6th Grade Teacher from Capital School, Liz Cuadra, checked in to make sure I’m on track.My 6th Grade Teacher from Capital School, Liz Cuadra, checked in to make sure I’m on track.
My 6th Grade Teacher from Capital School, Liz Cuadra, checked in to make sure I’m on track.

My 6th Grade Teacher from Capital School, Liz Cuadra, checked in to make sure I’m on track.  I also got to share a smile and few moments with Marie Darlin, Sue Nielsen and Barb Potter.

Teachers Share Their Priorities

Roxanne Abajian, Sen. Egan, Valerie Brooks, & Allegra Machado
Roxanne Abajian, Sen. Egan, Valerie Brooks, & Allegra Machado

I met with a group of educators from Ketchikan.  As we cut the budget, it’s important to remember our constitutional mandate to educate the next generation in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Thank you to all of you who stop by to remind all of us in the legislature of our priorities.  I really appreciate those who testified on the budget in the House.  Keep it up.  We need to hear from you on education, the university, the ferries, taxes, the public health, and public radio.  We can’t get our work done without your valuable input.

Thank you for reminding me of my Birthday!

Sen. Egan's Birthday Sen. Egan's Birthday
Sen. Egan's Birthday Sen. Egan's Birthday

Julianne Curry, Terry Harvey and Rep. Munoz were just a few of those who witnessed me putting out all the candles in one breath!  Really, thanks a lot to those who stopped by to say Happy Birthday!

Kudos from Juneau

Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast
a great place to live!

Hometown Swat - Juneau’s Lance Ibesate plays baseball for Jamestown University in North Dakota.  He helped keep the team undefeated last week with a game-winning walk-off single in the seventh.  Just like a Southeast Alaskan to be batting .343 for the season so far!

Basketball! – Welcome to everyone who came to Juneau for the 1A small schools basketball tournament this weekend, and kudos to everyone who helped put it on!  There are coed teams, high-level teams, and everyone in between, but everybody is here to play.  I love this tournament!  Kudos to everyone who worked so hard to organize it!

Best Showing in the Show – Skagway School’s Drama, Debate, & Forensics team had the school’s best showing ever in the state competition held in Anchorage in February.  Congratulations to each of the competitors and best wishes for success in future competitions – especially those headed to the national championships this summer!

Thanks for reading Legislative Corner.  I hope you'll always feel welcome to contact my office, just call, write, or use one of the links in this newsletter.

Sincerely,
[signed] Dennis Egan

Dennis Egan
Alaska State Senator
District Q

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