Special Session Ends
Friends and neighbors,
Thank you once again for taking the time to read our weekly blog. We want to bring you the latest on the end of the special session here in Juneau and toss in some information on a pair of fun events for the entire family.
Special Session Update
The fifth special session is now coming to a close, after little time between now and the Governor’s previous call down to Juneau. With little changing between this special session and the previous, the Governor was once again unable to gather sufficient support for his new tax proposals or his Permanent Fund restructure. Additionally, while many advocated for overrides for certain budget vetoes made by the Governor, none gained enough support to pass either the House or Senate. With legislators representing such diverse perspectives and constituencies from all across our state, many need more time to gather enough support from their districts and communities for landmark changes to our state’s institutions and taxes on Alaskans’ hard-earned money.
Our office has continued to support a plan that restructures the state’s assets in a way that makes them work for essential services and our economy, as well as significant reductions to government spending. Our state has effectively invested and saved for difficult straits like those we face today, and it is important to use those savings and investments as wisely as possible. While enough support could not be won to pass a restructuring plan this session, we will continue to strive towards this change in the coming months with neighbors and colleagues alike.
The Legislative session is not the only time when legislators are working with their neighbors and communities to come up with solutions for the problems facing our state. As Alaskans, we work year-round to improve our state and plan for the next generation. Please continue to reach out with your thoughts, ideas and concerns. Input from our constituents is invaluable in these unprecedented economic times.
As we move into the second half of summer there are a few festivals and events that we thought you may want to consider placing on your calendar. The Alaska Greek Festival will be held from August 19-21 at 2800 O’Malley Road. The annual event brings authentic Greek food, music and culture to the Last Frontier. Check out the webpage for more details at www.akgreekfestival.com
This year’s Alaska State Fair kicks off at the Palmer Fairgrounds on August 25 and runs through Labor Day. The event is a family favorite as we transition from summer to fall here in Southcentral Alaska. Go to www.alaskastatefair.org for all the information you may need.
We will be back in the district early next week so do not hesitate to reach out to us if there is anything we can do for you. Our Anchorage office number is 269-0222 and we can always be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Temps are expected to stay in the upper 70’s all weekend so go out and make the most if it!