Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The budget is running differently this year. The House took a long time getting it to us. When we got it, the Senate Finance Committee said changes were coming, but hasn't done anything with it for a week. What's weird is, they took public testimony on a senate budget bill more than two weeks ago. I keep hearing rumors of a deep cut to K-12 education, but maybe no public testimony on it. I've always supported strong schools and listening to Alaskans. I'll keep an eye on the Finance Committee to see what they propose. I have to say I'm pretty worried.
Why do I support education funding? These visitors from Montessori Borealis came to my office this week full of good questions, especially about road and bridge projects. They wanted to learn more how we do things in the capital city. They were led by a great student teacher - Juneau's own Callie Conerton. The thing is, if we short their education next year, they don't get another shot at being kids who are excited to learn. We need to feed their hunger for knowledge and give them the tools to run this place!
Bank On It