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|Volume 7: Issue 7
||March 13th, 2015
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It’s the 3rd month of 2015 and we already have another Friday the 13th! Maybe that’s why oil prices are so low.
Daylight Saving Time-They say you win some, you lose some. SB 6, eliminating DST for Alaska, passed the Senate this week. But I’m not done fighting to stop it. My office is still getting flooded with calls and emails in support of keeping DST for our state. Surprisingly not all of those are from Southeast. We are working to stop the bill in the House.
Naming SLAM-SB 63 made it through the Senate State Affairs Committee with unanimous consent. I’m happy to report the soon-to-be Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff state library, archives and museum is on budget and on time for completion spring 2016. Some of our friends from the Railbelt offered an amendment to name the public reading room in honor of our late colleague Rep. Richard Foster. It is a very fitting dedication in a statewide facility. Richard was an avid Alaska history buff who could often be found at the historic library or the archives building if he wasn’t busy around the Capitol.
Medicaid Expansion-There is great debate over what the future of Medicaid looks like for the State of Alaska. I strongly support Medicaid expansion. It will save the state money to help ease our current budget deficit. It will also help more than 2600 working people in Juneau, Haines, Skagway, and Gustavus get health care.
Yaakoogse Daakahidi Government Class-I got to meet with a truly outstanding and well-informed group of kids from Yaakoosge Daakahidi alternative high school. The students had all followed bills of interest to them and brought very thoughtful opinions to share with me. Everything was on the table from HB 73 (the mental health budget,) to HB 99 (the end of life bill,) to SB 38 (supporting Alaskans’ right to privacy of electronic information.) Thanks to teachers Joyce Thoresen & Cheyenne Cuellar for bringing such a great group!
The Yaakoosge Daakahidi government class including; Omar Castaneda, Steven Cole, David Friday, Savannah Harding, Tristan Harris, Trent Hayes, Jesse Santos, Laura Sidney, Hanna Stuart, Marcus Willard-Alley, Joshua Youll, and Maddie Wyatt with teachers Cheyenne Cuellar and Joyce Thoresen.
Offensive Curriculum Removed By Publisher-Great news! Our delegation wrote a letter to the publishers of “Reading Wonders” in support of removing material from their books that contained details offensive to Alaska Natives and Native Americans on information from the boarding school era. Kudos to the Juneau School District for taking the initiative in removing the books locally. The publishers wrote back to us this week and assured us they have pulled the curriculum from their product line for good.
Happy Birthday to Sen. Johnny Ellis! And a big congratulations on his 30 years of service to the state of Alaska from the Capitol!
|Kudos from Juneau
Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast a great place to live!
Kudos to Madison Gilbert-Madison competed in Poetry Out Loud for her second year. She was the regional winner from Juneau, and competed Tuesday in the state finals for a spot in the national finals in Washington D.C. She met with me to share her support for youth Arts programs like POL. Kudos to not only Madison, but all 10 of the state POL competitors.
Thunder Mountain High School sophomore Madison Gilbert
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