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Update for February 12th

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Rep. Millett receives a Valentine's Day card from a young constituent.

Rep. Millett receiving a Valentine’s Day card from a young constituent.

Good afternoon and welcome to my blog page,

This week we have the latest from Juneau, recognition for two great Service High athletes and our upcoming constituent meeting.

About the Budget

This week the Alaska House of Representatives lived up to its motto to make the 2016 session “All about the Budget,” by passing House Concurrent Resolution 23. Alaskans sent us down here to zero in on the budget, and find solutions, and we decided we needed to pause other issues and spend more time talking to departments, evaluating all of our expenditures, working within our subcommittees, and supporting our Finance committee.

 

House Concurrent Resolution 23 does the following:

 

  • Legislative committees will be solely focusing on subjects related to revenue generation, government efficiencies, and the budget as a whole
  • Puts the legislature on the 24 hour rule, meaning a bill can be scheduled for a hearing 24 hours before the committee meets until the operating budget is passed

 

Alaska faces a multi-billion dollar budget gap, requiring the attention of every representative. We now have additional time to put a laser focus on our options and to receive feedback from our constituents on where to cut and what programs and services need to be protected. All of us care deeply about the other bills before us, but to find a solution, we need to pause their momentum, and dedicate ourselves to our fiscal future. The most important part of this plan? We will have clear opportunities for the public to weigh in on the budget through public testimony, calls and emails.

We are all in this together, so share with us your cost saving ideas by calling the Idea Line at 334-5949, outside of Anchorage 1-844-414-5949. Leave us your name and number or remain anonymous.

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Go Cougars!

Congratulations are in order for Forward Blaine Sharrock and Defenseman Jonathan Stephens, named to the 2015/2016 All Cook Inlet Conference Hockey Team this month. Both talented young men played exceptionally well throughout the season and deserve recognition for being among the best high school hockey players in the city.

The hockey team’s booster club has a website to keep you informed so check it out. http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=SERVICE&s=hockey&p=home

Speaking of websites, Service High just launched its new website and it looks great! http://service.asdk12.org/

The February edition of the Service High Southsider newsletter is available by clicking here.

 

Town Hall Constituent Meeting

A quick reminder, Senator Kevin Meyer will join our office for a mid-session constituent meeting at Little Italy Restaurant on Saturday, February 20 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We start the program with an overview of the session up to now, before opening the floor for your questions and comments.

Food and refreshments will be served and we look forward to seeing you next Saturday. If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-888-269-3879.

 

Please call us any time because we are here to represent you. Remember, Valentine’s Day is this weekend so make it special for the ones you love.

 

Warmly,

 

 

Charisse

 

 

 

 

admin @ February 12, 2016

Update for February 5th

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Representative Millett on the House floor this week

Representative Millett on the House floor this week

Good afternoon everyone,

Thank you for making our blog post part of your busy day. This week we have a pair of legislative events to put on your calendar and news about an important piece of bipartisan legislation working its way through the halls of the capitol building. 

But first, we have an exciting way for you to participate in our efforts to create efficiencies in state government.

House Majority lawmakers announcing the "Idea Line" this morning in Juneau

House Majority lawmakers announcing the “Idea Line” this morning in Juneau

Idea Line

The Majority Caucus in the Alaska House just activated the “Idea Line.” It is a toll free phone number where you can leave a recorded message with your insights and ideas on how the state can save money, reduce spending and create efficiencies in state government.

Feel free to leave your name and contact information on the message or remain anonymous… the choice is entirely yours. The number to call is 1-844-414-5949.

The “Idea Line” is a new tool for Alaskans and lawmakers to use and ensure that we are looking under every rock, in every nook and cranny, for savings while the finance subcommittees are reviewing the budget this month. The number will remain active all year, but your comments will truly make the biggest impact before the budget leaves the House at end of February.

HB 126 – Code of Military Justice Bill

This week the Alaska House passed legislation reforming and significantly improving Alaska’s Military Code of Justice. House Bill 126 amends the current code to provide the utmost protection and justice for victims, and to ensure members of the Alaska National Guard are held accountable for misconduct and order and discipline among the ranks is maintained.

As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, it was an honor to work on this legislation with Chair Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, and other members of the committee. This is a truly significant step forward in the fight for justice and an end to victimization. This bipartisan effort brought together lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, and is a real embodiment of how the Legislative process should work.

HB 126 passed the House unanimously, it now goes to the Senate for its consideration.

Mid-Session Constituent Meeting   

Senator Kevin Meyer’s office and my office will hold a mid-session constituent meeting on Saturday, February 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Little Italy Restaurant at 2300 E 88th Avenue.

We will start off with some brief comments on the session so far and open the floor for questions and comments. Soft drinks and food will be provided so bring your appetite! Look for a postcard in your mailbox announcing the event a few days before, and again, if you have any questions, please give us a call.

Anchorage Caucus

Legislators representing Anchorage, or parts of the state’s largest city, will return home for a mid-session Anchorage Caucus meeting on Saturday, February 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Loussac Library.

Most of the three hours are set aside for public testimony. We really need your input because the decisions we make impact you, your family and your livelihood.

In addition to the state’s fiscal situation, you are welcome to speak out on any other issue you feel is important. Please call our office toll free at 1-888-269-3879, if you are unable to make the hearing, or send an email to rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov because we need your opinion on the budget and how you want it balanced.

Every public school in Anchorage participates in Visit Our Schools Month

Every public school in Anchorage participates in Visit Our Schools Month

Get Involved with Education

Trailside Elementary School released its February newsletter so take a minute and check out what our little Timberwolves are up to this month.

Do not forget that February is Visit Our Schools Month. Tours are available each Tuesday in February at 9:30 a.m. and an evening tour will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 23rd.

 

Before we go, be sure to keep an eye out for our annual legislative session newsletter due to arrive in mailboxes at the end of next week. If for some reason you do not receive it, please let us know and we will make sure to get you a copy. Do not forget to check out my Twitter and Facebook pages for up to the minute news from Juneau. 

 

Have a safe and wonderful weekend,

  

 

Charisse

 

admin @ February 5, 2016

Update for January 29th

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Discussing the floor session with Speaker Mike Chenault

Discussing the floor session with House Speaker Mike Chenault

 

Hello everyone,

 

It is already day 11 of the 90 day session. We are doing well and working hard each and every day representing you. This week we review some of the bills our office is working on and so much more.

Bills on the Move

House Bill 205 – Includes recommendations from the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission on measures to reduce Alaska’s rate of criminal recidivism. This is a comprehensive criminal justice reform package estimated to save $424 million over ten years, while improving public safety. If passed, this bill would reduce Alaska’s average daily prison population by 21 percent and reinvest a portion of the dollars saved into evidence-based services for offenders and crime victims. This bill holds offenders accountable, prioritizes public safety, and uses data-driven approaches to helping Alaska become “right on crime”.

HB 66 – Provides the surviving spouses and dependents of state employees who have died in the line of duty with continued medical coverage. This bill was brought to us on behalf of the families of slain Alaska State Troopers, and aims to provide stability to families who have sacrificed so much for this state.

HB 76 – Removes the word “gifted” from the enabling statute for the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education. This bill updates statute to more accurately reflect the important work the Council does for individuals with disabilities, and the State and Federal obligation to oversee special education programs.

HB 90 – Establishes a variable benefit retirement plan for members of public safety, including troopers, firefighters, and police officers. This bill provides a more secure financial future for our public safety employees who typically face less time in the system and thus a greater risk of an inadequate retirement. What we aim to accomplish is preventing reliance on social welfare programs, a potential increase in Worker’s Comp costs, and the difficulty we are currently experiencing in recruiting and retaining good employees.

House Bill 125 – Prohibits the sale of cough and cold medicines containing dextromethorphan to those under 18 years of age without a prescription. This bill would keep children safe from the dangerous effects of medicines if used improperly, while still securing access to adults seeking remedies for cold and cough symptoms.

House Bill 241 – Defines Alaska residency for the purposes of attaining a commercial fishing permit from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. By using Permanent Fund Divided eligibility criteria, the state will be able to crack down on non-residents paying much lower fees for fishing permits and attain both justice and additional state revenue.

If you have any questions about these bills, please give us a call anytime.

Anchorage Assembly

The Anchorage Assembly has scheduled special meeting for this Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m., to review, take public testimony, on a pair of ordinances that establish the rules for marijuana businesses and personal use of marijuana within the Municipality of Anchorage.

We do not have to tell you how important these ordinances are to our community. If you want to get involved in this, be at the Loussac Library’s assembly chambers Thursday evening.

Get Involved with Education

February is Visit Our School Month! All public schools in the Anchorage School District will conduct tours on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and an evening tour will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 23rd.

For parents, it is an opportunity to check out the schools and programs available, and use that knowledge to make the most informed decision possible about where their children will be educated. For those parents seeking to enroll their child in a school outside of the neighborhood attendance area they reside in, it requires a lottery application. Lottery applications are due March 24th.

Tours are open to everyone. If you have any questions, please call the school you wish to visit.

Bundles of Joy

Those creative people at the Soroptimist International Society of Anchorage on Cook Inlet have come up with a clever way to collect donations for mothers with infants that need a little help with the essentials like diapers, clothes and formula.

Hold a Community Baby Shower!

On Saturday, April 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sears Mall, the Soroptimists will collect donations for all items a mother can use to care for her baby. The group’s wish list of items also asks for bedding and toys. If you can help out, please drop off your donations April 2

 

Let us know if there is anything you need because my staff and I work for you.

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Charisse

admin @ January 29, 2016

Session Gets Underway in Juneau

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Rep. Millett taking the Pledge of Allegiance on the first day of the 2016 legislative session.

Rep. Millett taking the Pledge of Allegiance on the first day of the 2016 legislative session.

Friends and neighbors,

 

Thank you for making my blog a part of your busy day. The session got underway this week and my staff and I are busy working for you, your family and our wonderful community.

First Week of Session

With the first week of session coming to a close, you can tell that legislators across the building are energized, and ready to meet the challenges we as Alaskans face. The Legislature truly hit the ground running, with budget hearings in House and Senate Finance Committees, hearings on education, the Code of Military Justice, marijuana regulations, and much more. Additionally, we heard from the Governor, through his State of the State address, about his vision for the use of the permanent fund, increased and new taxation, and reworking of certain government functions. While not everyone currently agrees on the best way to close our revenue gap and meet our budget challenge, we all do agree that it’s going to involve cooperation and collaborative work.

What seems to be the biggest takeaway this week, and certainly the point on which all legislators agree, is that the public will play a critical role in guiding us towards a budget solution this session. We really do need to hear from you about the size and scope you envision for your government, and the effect that proposals will have on your life. All of the Governor’s proposals, as well as those generated by the Legislature, will be heard publically during the committee process, and there will be multiple ways to weigh in.

As always, please reach out to my office with any and all ideas or concerns moving forward. Remember to use my toll free number, 1-888-269-3879, if you need to reach us for any reason. My email address is rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov

Our Office

Staff are the backbone of the Alaska Legislature and my staff for the 2016 session are no exception. They are energetic, resourceful and knowledgeable of the issues and our district – I count on them every day.

Office Manager Sarrah Matheny rejoins my staff for the 2016 session. She worked for us two years ago and is now back with me after spending a year living overseas. When you call my Juneau office Sarah is most likely the person you will be speaking with. Lindsey Whitt came on board last fall after four years as Communications Director for the Municipality of Anchorage. Lindsey is a great asset and we are really glad to have her onboard.

She is a wiz at the legislative process! Majority Aide Grace Abbott carries my personal legislation and staffs my committee assignments this session. My other Majority Aide Jeff Turner, focuses on constituent work and closely follows happenings back home so I am never out of touch with you while in Juneau.

District 25 Constituent Patrick Reinhart Courtesy: SOA

District 25 Constituent Patrick Reinhart 

 

Constituent Spotlight: Patrick Reinhart

Patrick Reinhart is so much more than our constituent, he is a lifelong advocate for Alaska’s disabled community, striving to improve employment opportunities, resources and community understanding for Alaskans that just need a little extra assistance to become productive and contributing members of society.

As Executive Director for the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, he manages and promotes a range of services for the disabled from employment to education, to health care and transportation. As a member of the council’s board the past few years, Patrick and I were able to move several bills through the legislature for the disabled community.

His involvement only begins there. For the past 30 years he served on the board, or as Executive Director at Challenge Alaska and he also holds a seat on the Alaska Brain Injury Network and is Vice-Chair of the Alaska Mobility Coalition.

Patrick, his wife Rebecca Horton and their two friendly dogs, Sophie and Stella, are seven year residents of Abbott Loop and we are so glad to call them constituents.

Get Involved in Education

Here is the February schedule for the PTA meetings in our district. Remember, you do not have to have a child at the school to participate, just a sincere interest for making our public schools the best they can be!

Abbott Loop Elementary PTA – Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.

Kasuun Elementary PTA – Thursday, February 4 at 4:00 p.m.

(Click here to read Kasuun’s January newsletter)

Trailside Elementary PTA – Thursday, February 4 at 3:45 p.m.

Polaris K-12 Parent Forum – Wednesday, February 10 at 4:30 p.m.

Hanshew Middle School PTA – Monday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Service High School PTA – Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Anchorage Assembly

We have a few of the hot topics for you for the upcoming Tuesday, January 26 meeting of the Anchorage Assembly.

 

  • Memorandums approving lobbying contracts for the Port of Anchorage and Municipal Light and Power

 

  • An ordinance of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly submitting to the qualified voters residing in the Girdwood Valley Service Area (GVSA) at the Regular Election on April 5, 2016, a ballot proposition to add to the existing powers of the GVSA the power to provide for police protection services beginning July 1, 2016 at the sole expense of GVSA

 

  • An ordinance adding a new Anchorage Municipal Code for special land use permits for marijuana establishments

 

Assembly meetings start at 5:00 p.m. in the Loussac Library. Here is a link the full agenda: http://publicdocs.muni.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=1113&doctype=agenda

 

Thank you so much for your continued support and have a good weekend.

 

Warmly,

 

 

Charisse

 

admin @ January 22, 2016

Update for January 15th

Posted in: Anchorage Issues, Announcements, Budget, Education, General | Comments (0)

The 2016 legislative session gets underway in Juneau on Tuesday.

The 2016 legislative session gets underway in Juneau on Tuesday.

 

Good afternoon everyone,

We are in Juneau now and prepared for a busy and productive legislative session that starts Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. My staff and I want to make sure you are able to reach us morning, noon and night, so we are providing you with our contact information in Juneau.

2016 Session Contact Information

We always look forward to your questions, concerns or ideas and that is why we want to make sure you know how to reach us at the state capitol.

Toll Free Number: 1-888-269-3879

Email: rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov

Social media is a great way to track our legislative activities, we use both Twitter and Facebook.

Twitter: @RepMillett

Facebook: My page is under the name Representative Charisse Millett

The Alaska Legislature operates the BASIS website where Alaskans can look up bills, check committee schedules, or even watch committee hearings from their computer. Check it out at: http://akleg.gov/index.php

Feel free to reach out to us anytime because we really appreciate your input on legislation, the budget, or any other issue that come before lawmakers during the 90 day session. If you are in Juneau, please make sure to drop by our capitol building office and say hello! We love meeting our constituents in person. The office is located the second floor in room 204.

 

Go Timberwolves!

Trailside Elementary School’s January newsletter is hot off the press. Click here to read it.

Pick.Click.Give.

It is that time of year again where we all sign up for this year’s Permanent Fund dividend. When you fill out the application please consider donating a portion of your dividend through Pick. Click. Give, the Permanent Fund Dividend Charitable Contributions Program. Managed by the Alaska Community Foundation, this tremendous program has successfully encouraged Alaskans to generously donate millions of dollars from their dividends each year to worthy charities and non-profits.

Even a few dollars can make a big difference. The list of eligible organizations is long and diverse from the Food Bank of Alaska, to the AWAIC Shelter, arts groups and animal shelters. You can even make a child’s wish come true.

Learn more about the program and how you can participate by going to its website at http://www.pickclickgive.org/

That is all for now. Next week we will fill you in on how the first week of the legislative session unfolded, the February PTA schedule and much more.

Have a safe and relaxing weekend.

 

Warmly,

 

Charisse

 

 

admin @ January 15, 2016

Update for January 8th

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Co-Chairing the public hearing of the Anchorage Caucus with Rep. Chris Tuck

Rep. Millett at the pre-session Anchorage Caucus hearing in 2014.

Dear friends and neighbors,

 

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We are busy packing up our office to return to Juneau for the 2016 legislative session that begins January 19. In addition to our Constituent Spotlight and educational news, we have specifics on the upcoming Anchorage Caucus pre-session meeting.

Anchorage Caucus

Legislators from Chugiak to Girdwood will gather for a pre-session public hearing this Saturday, January 9th from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Loussac Library and you are invited!

Most of the time is reserved for public testimony. As you know, the state’s fiscal situation is expected to dominate the 90 day regular session. So my colleagues and I are eager to hear your thoughts on the state budget, the governor’s plan to create new taxes on working families, limiting the amount of the annual Permanent Fund Dividend payout, and any ideas you may have to align spending with available revenues. This is your opportunity to speak out on the budget, or any other issue you believe is important to the safety, health and welfare of all Alaskans.

If you wish to testify, please sign your name to the public testimony list. We look forward to seeing all of you this Saturday.

District 25 Constituent Margaret Stock

District 25 Constituent Margaret Stock

Constituent Spotlight: Margaret Stock

If Margaret Stock could be described in a single word it would be overachiever. An attorney specializing in immigration, citizenship and military law, she is one of the most highly regarded immigration attorneys in the entire country. Margaret was nationally recognized for her work two years ago as one of 24 Americans awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Genius Grant. The award was given for her legal work helping immigrants from across the globe earn the American dream of living, working and raising their families in America.

Margaret completed her bachelor’s degree and law degree from Harvard University, but loves to tell everyone that “it was the only school that would let her in.” She entered the United States Army in 1981. Her first duty station was Fort Richardson where she served as an MP and later was assigned to teach at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring to practice law in Alaska.

Margaret also serves on the Board of Directors for the Prince William Sound Science Center in Cordova and really enjoys Alaska’s great outdoors, but wishes to see more snow on the ground this winter so she can hit the slopes and cross country ski trails.

She and her husband Neil O’Donnell first made Abbott Loop their home 16 years ago and plan on remaining here for many more years because they love the neighborhood, their neighbors and our great state.

Get Involved in Education

Hanshew Middle School needs volunteers to staff the Hawk House this semester. The Hawk House sells school supplies and merchandise three days a week from 10:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

If you are available to volunteer, the Hanshew PTA and the school will really appreciate your assistance. Send an email to HanshewPTA@gmail.com or call the school at 349-1561.

Anchorage Assembly

The first Anchorage Assembly meeting of the year is set for this Tuesday, January 12 at 5:00 p.m. at the Loussac Library.

We have a few of the highlights for the meeting:

 

  • An ordinance creating special land use permits for marijuana businesses and allowing retail marijuana establishments in the central business district

 

  • An ordinance submitting to the qualified voters of the Municipality of Anchorage a ballot proposition amending the Anchorage Municipal Charter to adopt a retail marijuana sales tax

 

  • A memorandum on Code Enforcement Tow Company Compliance Quarterly Report, September 1, 2015 through November 30, 2015

 

Click here for the full agenda: http://publicdocs.muni.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=1112&doctype=agenda

 

Thank you so much for reading our blog page. Next week we will have more on the upcoming legislative session and as always, more neighborhood news and the latest information from our schools.

 

Warmly,

 

Charisse

 

 

admin @ January 8, 2016

Update for December 18th

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Hi Everyone,

The upcoming holidays are keeping you super busy so we really appreciate you taking a few minutes to read our blog post. This week we have the schedule for the January PTA meetings and our Constituent Spotlight.

Constituent Bethany Marcum

Constituent Bethany Marcum

Constituent Spotlight: Bethany Marcum

Bethany Marcum is one of our great friends in the district. She and her husband Conley have made Abbott Loop their home for ten years.

Bethany has devoted her professional life to defending our nation. For seven years she served in the United States Navy Reserve and is now in her seventh year as a Tech Sargent in the Alaska Air National Guard working as an intelligence analyst.

In her spare time she enjoys Alaska’s great outdoors and is involved in protecting and promoting responsible hunting practices as President of the Alaska Chapter of Safari Club International.

Bethany is a dear friend and a wonderful neighbor. We are proud of her commitment to protecting Alaska and our country, so if you know Bethany or get the opportunity to meet her, please thank her for her service.

The Trailside PTA meets the first Thursday of each month.

The Trailside PTA meets the first Thursday of each month.

Get Involved in Education

 

Here are the January PTA meetings in our district:

 

Hanshew Middle School PTA – Monday, January 4 at 3:30 p.m.

 

Kasuun Elementary School PTA – Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Trailside Elementary School PTA – Thursday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Abbott Loop Elementary School PTA – Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Service High School PTA – Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m.

 

Polaris School PTA – Wednesday, January 13 at 4:30 p.m.

 

Anyone can join a PTA and the good work they do assists teachers in the classroom and enriches the educational experience for the kids so please consider joining a PTA near you.

Anchorage Assembly

The Anchorage Assembly has some important items to consider at its last meeting of the year, this Tuesday, December 22 at 5:00 p.m.

Here are a few highlights on the agenda:

 

  • Multiple ordinances will be introduced to place bond propositions on the April 5, 2016 Municipal ballot. Bonds for voter approval include $49 million for school construction and maintenance, $36.5 million for road and storm drain maintenance, $3.6 million for parks and recreational facilities, one million for fire service capital improvements, $3.8 million for Anchorage Police Department capital improvements and three million for various public safety improvements.

 

  • An ordinance approving a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Municipality of Anchorage and the Anchorage Municipal Employees Association, Inc.

 

  • An ordinance adopting the UMED District Plan as an element of the Comprehensive Plan

 

As always, the meetings are held at the Loussac Library and you can check out the entire agenda and all the associated documents at http://publicdocs.muni.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=984&doctype=agenda

 

That is all for this week. Christmas is next Friday and we sincerely wish you and your entire family a wonderful safe and happy holiday!

 

 

Warmly,

 

 

Charisse

admin @ December 18, 2015

Update for December 11th

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Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read our weekly blog post. We want to share with you our take on the administration’s proposed state budget, our Constituent Spotlight and details on how you can help an army dedicated to helping the disadvantaged.

State Budget

As many of you well know, this week the governor released his proposed state operating budget for the coming fiscal year. In it he proposes to virtually rewrite how our state funds government by using money from the Alaska Permanent Fund, reducing the amount of the annual dividend check, creating a state income tax and raising existing taxes on everything from alcohol to the motor fuel you put into your vehicle, boat or airplane. Additionally he has proposed no significant decrease in state spending.

While I appreciate the Governor coming forward with his ideas and for taking such a bold approach, his plan, in my opinion, does not go far enough to reduce state spending before looking for Alaskans to pay.

The Legislature will do its due diligence and thoroughly review each component of the governor’s plan, but my focus this session will be to right-size state government and make state services more efficient, before digging into Alaskans’ wallets. It is hard for me to swallow taxes knowing that the Governor is proposing an increase in state travel, a large capital budget, and no decrease in services duplicated by the private sector.

Of course, the most important part of this process is hearing from Alaskans about what they think of losing 50 percent of their dividends and paying income taxes. This is your budget and state government, and we need your input moving forward.

Please know that you can always contact my office with your concerns of questions about the budget. I am here to serve you.

 

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Salvation Army Holiday Assistance

The Salvation Army Alaska can use some volunteers so it can continue to provide services to Alaskans struggling this holiday season from Barrow to Ketchikan and everywhere in between.

You can be a bell ringer at one of their iconic red kettle collection sites, donate toys to the Angel Tree for underprivileged children, or make a monetary donation. Go to the following link for details on how you can help.  https://volunteer.usawest.org/

 

We will be back with more about our community next Friday. Give us a call if there is anything we can do for you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Charisse

 

 

 

 

admin @ December 11, 2015

Update for December 4th

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Hello everyone,

We hope your Thanksgiving was a great as ours. This week we have the latest on the proposed Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Pipeline project, and as always, the latest on our schools.

AK LNG Project

The AK LNG project took a solid step in the right direction this week, with all parties approving the coming year’s work plan and budget. During the most recent special session, the Legislature impressed upon the Governor and his gas team how crucial moving forward with this gasline is to Alaska’s future. We are relieved to see that he heeded our advice. As a state, we should be encouraged not only that our own gas team approved this plan for 2016, but perhaps most significantly, that our industry partners evaluated all of their global prospects, and deemed AK LNG worthy of their investment and support. This points to economic viability of this project and added economic strength to our state.

What happens now? The AKLNG team, comprised of representatives from all four partners and outside experts, will continue conducting fieldwork and assessments necessary for major federal and state permits, proceed with engineering and design work, and establish the fiscal regime that will keep this project on track. Alaskans can expect even more infrastructure investment from industry, and the creation and support of jobs in engineering, construction, and numerous other arenas. This is exciting progress, and we look forward to keeping you posted on this project’s growing momentum.

 

Get Involved in Education

The Abbott Loop PTA will meet on Tuesday, December 8 at 6:00 p.m. This PTA could really use some additional members so if you have a child attending the school please consider getting involved.

For more information, contact PTA President Marjie Wegg at drewandmarjie@gmail.com

The December edition of the Kasuun Elementary School Knights is out. Click here to read it.

Additionally, all schools in Anchorage will be seeing website re-vamps in the coming weeks, so be sure to check out your child’s school site for updated content!

Anchorage Assembly

The Anchorage Assembly will conduct its first regular meeting for December at the Loussac Library, Tuesday, December 8 at 5:00 p.m.

Here are a few highlights:

  • A ballot proposition to amend the Anchorage Municipal Charter to require, for purposes of the tax increase limitation set out in the section, that the “total amount [of municipal tax] approved by the Assembly for the preceding year” shall be the total amount of tax approved by the Assembly for collection in the preceding year. If passed, the tax change will be placed on the April 5, 2016 municipal election ballot for voter approval.

 

  • A resolution of the Anchorage Municipal Assembly appropriating a federal grant for the continuation of the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

 

  • A resolution directing the Municipal Clerk’s Office to explore implementing Vote by Mail Elections in Anchorage

To read the entire agenda, click on this hyperlink: http://publicdocs.muni.org/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=983&doctype=agenda

Remembering Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk

Alaska lost one of its leaders when Juneau Mayor Greg Fisk passed away earlier this week. Mayor Fisk was elected just weeks ago and had a vision for what he wanted Juneau to become while at the helm of the state’s second largest city.

We join all Alaskans in mourning his passing and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

 

That’s a wrap for this week. If you have any ideas for our blog page, or know someone who deserves to be in our Community Spotlight please send them to rep.charisse.millett@akleg.gov or give us a call at 269-0222.

Have a great weekend!

 

Charisse

 

admin @ December 4, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in: Anchorage Issues, General | Comments (0)

My staff and I want to wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

If you have any time available in your busy schedule to volunteer or can make a donation to help Alaskans struggling to provide a proper holiday meal for their families, here are a few good resources.

Bean’s Café

Bean’s Café plans to serve 1,000 to 1,200 people on Thanksgiving Day. Urgently needed items include: turkeys, hams, stuffing cubes, apples, oranges, coffee, whipped cream in cans, pies (store-bought), rolls, canned corn and canned green beans. Hats, gloves and socks are also needed. Drop items off at 1101 E. Third Ave.; Tastee Freez, 3901 Raspberry Road; or SoYo Frozen Yogurt Shop, 1330 Huffman Road, or make financial donations online. Contact Bean’s Café at 274-9595.

Food Bank of Alaska

The Food Bank of Alaska welcomes financial donations: $15 will purchase a turkey, $45 a family meal. Funds can be donated online.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army welcomes financial donations to help provide meals, community dinners and food boxes in many communities throughout Alaska. Visit online or call 349-0613.

Anchorage Downtown Soup Kitchen

While the Downtown Soup Kitchen isn’t serving a Thanksgiving meal, it’s still in need of other food items including: jelly, peanut butter, beans (pinto, garbanzo and black), ham, eggs, pasta (not spaghetti) and powdered lemonade. The organization is preparing to open a women’s nighttime shelter Nov. 30 and is in need of breakfast items like oatmeal, breakfast bars, coffee and snacks. It’s at 240 E. Third Ave., 277-4302.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone,

 

Charisse

 

admin @ November 25, 2015