Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Alaska’s Fiscal Reality & Upcoming Events

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter Well, another week has come and gone here in Juneau. While the Senate is dealing with the Operating Budget and Senate Bill 30 (Marijuana Criminal bill) the House continues to work on its own legislation. This week I heard proposals to: raise hunting and fishing licenses for residents and non-residents; create a Marijuana Control Board; require labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s), among other different issues. There is seldom a moment to spare now that session is almost over, but I want to make sure that I mention to you a couple of events that might peak your interests.
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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Operating Budget & Medicaid Expansion

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter We have less than 30 days of session and there is still so much to do. Two weeks ago the House took the first step to passing a budget by passing the operating budget over to the Senate. The process is far from over, though, and will continue on until the last weeks of session. Every legislator will be watching closely and I will be sure to keep you all informed as changes occur.
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NEWS: The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition Unites in Opposition to Operating Budget that Harms Kids, Seniors and the Neediest of Alaskans

Juneau – The Alaska House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Thursday night without the support of the Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition. All 13 members voted no because the budget harms seniors and children while protecting corporate interests and unaffordable projects. The Republican budget includes the total elimination of pre-k programs and a significant $32 million cut in funding for K-12 public education. Overall, the budget deficit still remains $3.5 billion. The Alaska Independent Democratic Coalition proposed millions of dollars in spending cuts while supporting efforts to protect education, seniors and kids.
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Rep. Josephson’s Newsletter: Additional Public Testimony

Rep. Josephson's Newsletter Additional time has been added to accommodate more public testimony on the Operating Budget. There will be a Statewide Off Net call in on Thursday, March 5th from 6:00 – 9:00pm. This meeting time will be for anyone that wishes to testify in any area of the state who did not previously testify. Please call 465-4648 or 465-6258 for the call-in phone number.
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