Rep. Kawasaki’s Juneau Note: PUBLIC ALERT: Budget Testimony

Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note We Need to Hear from You! The budget will be heard in the Finance meetings all week before it is voted on by the House in the near future. As you may have heard, we have an enormous $3.5 billion deficit due to lower oil production and prices under the “Oil Wealth Giveaway”. Here is a snapshot of some of the budget highlights that we will consider this week.
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NEWS: New Report: 2014 Education Law, 2015 Budget Proposals Lag Education Far behind Inflation Cost Increases

Juneau – A new legislative research report requested by Representative Les Gara (D-Anchorage) shows that public education funding will fall behind inflation next school year, under either the GOP’s three year plan passed last year, or the Governor’s proposed revisions. A number of school districts will likely cut teachers and other educational staff under both proposals. These cuts come on top of the loss of over 600 staff in Alaska’s largest school districts in fiscal years 2011-2014.
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Rep. Kawasaki’s Newsletter: Fairbanks this weekend!

Rep. Kawasaki's Juneau Note On Saturday, February 14, the Interior Delegation and I will host a public forum to discuss the progress of the last three weeks in Juneau and what direction we can take the 29th Alaska State Legislature. We will be covering some difficult and interesting topics this session and your input is vital in making sure Fairbanks continues to be a fantastic place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to reconnecting with neighbors and friends while having a candid conversations about how we can improve our state.
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