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Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau

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Volume 7: Issue 9 March 27th, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Weekly Highlights

We are headed into the final stretch as the senate’s budget subcommittees “close out.” Please call or stop by and share your concerns!

Public Broadcasting and State Ferry Cuts – I’ll keep speaking up for critical programs.  We need to make cuts, but so far this week we’ve seen senators propose zero funding for public broadcasting and transportation cuts that went way beyond reason.  Please help me make sure everyone knows what we are going to lose if current cuts remain.  Juneau residents can testify Monday, March 30, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.  Haines, Skagway, and Gustavus residents can call in to 1-844-586-9085, starting at 3:30 pm.

Dr. Jill Valerius (left), and Emily Nenon of the American Cancer Society
Dr. Jill Valerius (left), and Emily Nenon of the American Cancer Society

Medicaid Expansion – The governor’s Medicaid expansion bills got hearings this week.  I know we can find ways to bring federal dollars to our economy and save money in our state budget, while we provide healthcare to more Alaskans.  I want to thank the governor for his bill, and a huge number of my constituents for speaking out in support!

Former Sen. Joe Paskvan is now on the Gasline Development Corp. board.
Former Sen. Joe Paskvan is now on the Gasline Development Corp. board.

Haines State Forest – A lot of you have contacted me on the importance of the oldest state forest in Alaska.  Our district is lucky to have a working forest of 286,000 acres helping support our economy, provide firewood, and diversify our forest products industry.  I’m doing what I can to reverse a cut that eliminates all state forestry staff on the Haines State Forest.  Managing the forest for a mix of users takes at least one pair of boots on the ground.

My new 24-hour clock. You have to think about time globally!
My new 24-hour clock.  You have to think about time globally!

Daylight Saving Time Update – Southeast Conference and the State Chamber of Commerce have joined the hundreds of Alaskans opposing SB 6, which hurts all of Alaska by separating us from each other and from world markets. The Alaska economy – Freight & Cargo, Seafood, Transportation & Tourism, Petroleum, Maritime Support, Health Care, and Education – is inextricably linked to the Lower 48 markets from Seattle to New York.  An economic downturn is not the time to destabilize our economy!

Kudos from Juneau

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

Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine groupCoeur Alaska Kensington Mine
Coeur Alaska Kensington Mine 
- Local business supports the University of Alaska Southeast Mine Training Center.  Kensington’s General Manager Wayne Zigarlick this week presented UAS’ Mike Bell with a check for $7,500 to assist the Center for Mine Training for tuition and travel scholarships as it continues its critical role in developing high school students interested in the mining industry.  What a great program partner in these difficult financial times! 

Choose Respect Rally at Capitol led by Governor Walker Thanks to AWARE and the 100 or so community members who joined us by braving the weather and letting everyone know choose respect.  Every Alaskans needs to take action against domestic violence and sexual assault.

Telling accurate stories – A round of applause to Sorrel Godwin, Alaska State Librarian, who presented a webinar to librarians all over the country on his experience as a member of Juneau’s Native Education Advisory Committee.  Thanks for helping America’s educators do right by the Alaska Native and American Indian experience.

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.

[signed] Dennis Egan

Dennis Egan
Alaska State Senator
District Q

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