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|Volume 7: Issue 10
||April 3rd, 2015
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I like to stay positive. But some days are hard.
We spent more than six hours on the Senate floor today trying to fix the operating budget, but we dint’ get much traction. So here’s what we’ll try to fix in Conference Committee:
- Education Funding – The Senate budget cuts school funding below where it was two years ago.
- Public Employee Contracts – Alaska is a state that keeps its word. It’s wrong to break a contract.
- Alaska Marine Highway System Funding – The cuts to the ferries fail Alaskans and fail our economy. There will be some cuts, but cancelling 8,000 paid-for passengers and 2,000 vehicles is plain bad business.
There are other problems, too: Deep cuts to public broadcasting and shorting communities where cruise ships dock out of their share of the state head tax, not to mention cutting all the jobs managing the Haines State Forest.
Make no mistake, state revenue is in terrible shape. I’ve worked with my colleagues on smart cuts. But some of this stuff is over the line.
Changes in the state gaming process–If you’re involved with charitable gaming, get ready to go paperless. This includes permits for raffles, bingo and pull-tabs. Paper forms will only be taken up to the end of this year’s filing period, Dec. 31st 2015. The Department of Revenue Tax Division believes this new online system will clean up a lot of problems.
The Alaska Committee shared some great Xtratuf confections with the entire Legislature, reminding everyone what a great place their capital is!
Senate Finance Committee Public Testimony-Monday April 6th the Senate Finance will be holding public testimony regarding the Capital budget. If you are in Juneau come to the Senate Finance room (532) in the Capitol from 3:30-4:30. Offnet call in will be from 7:00-7:30 and the number to call is 844-586-9085. You can also send in written testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Kudos from Juneau
Thanks to these community members for
helping make Southeast a great place to live!
Juneau Ski Club members compete in statewide championships–Gabrielle Griggs and Cam Skaggs of Juneau Ski Club each took second in the U14 slalom race at the Alaska State Championships on Saturday in Girdwood. Juneau’s Ella Goldstein came in third in the U12 girls race, and Nolan Quigley came in sixth for the boys U12. A big Kudos to all four of these young skiers from Juneau.
A big Kudos to two Juneauites for induction into Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame–Marie Darlin of Juneau was recognized this year as an inductee of the Alaska Women’s Hall of Fame for her senior citizen advocacy and dedication to Alaska history. Marie deserves an extra kudos for turning 90! The late Alice “Dove” Kull was also inducted and recognized for her role advocating for seniors and social issues.
Young Juneauite competing in National Geographic Bee–Floyd Dryden Middle Schooler Ben Ng won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in May to compete for a $50,000 college scholarship. We wish Ben all the luck in the world, and a big Kudos on the local win!
A big Kudos to all those who helped orchestrate the 30th annual Sham Jam. This year almost $8000.00 was raised for the Canvas.
Have a great weekend! Happy Easter and Passover to those who celebrate!
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Alaska State Senator
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