Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Friday Update for March 16, 2018

Friday, March 16th, 2018

Vote by Mail

Anchorage Municipal ballots for the 2018 election on April 3rd have been sent out! Keep your eyes open in your mail box for your official ballot. Traditional polling locations are no longer an option for voting on Election Day. You can return your ballot in three ways:

  • U.S. Postal Service – Mail your ballot return envelope using first-class postage and postmarked before or on Election Day.  Or, save postage by using a …
  • Secure Ballot Drop Box – Place your ballot return envelope in a Secure Ballot Drop Box.
  • Accessible Vote Center – Take your ballot return envelope to an Accessible Vote Center.

The Municipal Clerk’s Office can be reached at 907-243-8683.

For more information or if you have questions on the process click here!


Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we are including this brief rundown of meetings


  • Senate Finance at 9 a.m., 2018 Spring Revenue Forecast


  • House Health and Social Services at 3 p.m., HCR 22 Naming April 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month


  • Lunch and Learn at 12 p.m., Missile Defense Presentations
  • Senate Resources at 3:30 p.m., DNR’s Role in Natural Gas Commercialization Efforts


  • Senate Finance at 9 p.m., Dept. of Revenue’s Role in the AKLNG Project
  • House Fisheries at 10 a.m., Presentation on Pike as an Invasive Species in AK
  • House Health and Social Services at 3 p.m., Insurance Coverage for Telehealth


  • Lunch and Learn at 12 p.m., Norway’s Correctional System


This week the House Finance Committee finished up its work on the budget, after considering about 90 amendments. Unfortunately, no significant reductions were able to gain sufficient support in the committee, and thus the current draft of the budget includes a nearly $200 million increase, a marked uptick over previous years. This does not accurately reflect the amount of revenue that the state has coming in, nor does it take into account our state’s deficit which is worrisome to those of us who would like to see government live within its means. Along with other House Republicans, our office will be working to reduce spending in areas that don’t affect the health or safety of Alaskans as we approach the House floor debate on this budget.

Hopefully the House will consider the budget on the House floor in the coming week. Once the budget passes the House, it moves to the Senate, which has been analyzing the budget since the beginning of session as well. Usually, the House and Senate budget drafts don’t line up perfectly, and the two bodies enter negotiations to settle differences between the versions before a final draft is sent to the Governor. The Governor then may sign it or veto portions he disagrees with. If you’d like to learn more about the budget process, and tips for reading through budget documents, visit here:


Service Sports

Our Cougars are coming back from Spring Break this week and getting right into the swing of things! Soccer and track are getting underway as the spring sports season kicks off.

Boys Soccer: On Tuesday March 20th at 8:20 p.m., the boy’s soccer team will face off against Bartlett High at The Dome (6501 Changepoint Dr., Anchorage, AK 99518).

Girls Soccer: On Thursday March 22nd at 8:20 p.m., the girl’s soccer team goes up against Bartlett High at The Dome (6501 Changepoint Dr., Anchorage, AK 99518).

Track & Field: On Friday from 3 – 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., the Track Mini B Scramble is happening at The Dome (6501 Changepoint Dr., Anchorage, AK 99518).

We hope the start of these sports goes well for all our athletes!

District Events

In a few weeks friends and neighbors will gather at Abbott Loop Community Council’s monthly meeting. The Council is set to meet March 29th, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Abbott Loop Elementary. We encourage you to attend to learn about what is happening in our community.

The Anchorage Hillside Home and Landowners Organization meets monthly as well on the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Holy Spirit Center which is located at the corner of O’Malley Road and Hillside Drive. Their next meeting will be April 5th.


We hope you have a great week! Please stay in touch!

Update for March 9, 2018

Friday, March 9th, 2018

International Women’s Day

Yesterday was International Women’s Day! Today in the Capitol, we celebrated by swearing in Representative Tiffany Zulkosky from District 38. Rep. Zulkosky is the 19th female legislator to be currently serving in the Alaska Legislature. With 19 female legislators, there are now more women serving in state office than ever before!

Our office is incredibly proud of these hard working, caring and dedicated women who represent so many thousands of Alaskans each day!

Additionally, this day makes us all aware of the progress still to be made to ensure that everyone lives safely and free from violence. This week in Juneau, meetings of the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, as well as the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault have taken place. Our office has an incredibly strong working partnership with these organizations. We join in their continued legislative and personal efforts for violence prevention and survivor support.

Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we are including this brief rundown of meetings and hearings occurring next week.


  • House Finance at 1 p.m., HJR 23 Constitutional Amendment Permanent Fund POMV
  • Senate Health and Social Services at 1:30 p.m., SB 193 Work Requirement for Medicaid


  • House Finance at 1:30 p.m., HJR 23 Constitutional Amendment Permanent Fund POMV


  • House Finance at 1:30 p.m., HB 286 Operating Budget


  • Senate Finance at 9 a.m., SB 196 Appropriation Limit
  • House Finance at 1:30 p.m., SB 78 Permanent Fund Dividend Contributions/Lottery


  • Senate Education at 8 a.m., HB 214 Bree’s Law


Budget Progress

Work on the budget has slowed down this week, however, amendments are still being considered. We have reviewed 69 amendments in the House Finance Committee thus far, with roughly 30 left to go. Unfortunately, reductions to the budget have not been approved. In fact, quite the opposite has happened, with millions of dollars being added to the budget. House Republicans remain dedicated to wisely reducing the budget in areas that don’t impact the health or safety of Alaskans. We’ve proposed dozens of targeted reductions that would have saved Alaskans $10+ million, yet all were rejected. Once the budget process is completed in the House Finance Committee, all members will have the ability to review it and offer amendments to the bill on the House floor.

Passing a budget is the Legislature’s sole constitutional mandate. Our goal is to pass the budget through both the House and Senate in the 90-day session. As the budget advances to the House Floor our office will certainly keep you posted on what the final document looks like. Please continue to reach out with your ideas and priorities for the budget this year!


Spring Break


We sincerely hope our students, teachers and parents enjoy the upcoming Spring Break! As drivers, I know all of us are making sure to be extra aware of kiddos out and about, and hope that everyone will continue to acknowledge school zones and neighborhood speed limits. To our student-athletes, rest up and get ready for the next round of sport seasons that are right around the corner!

Legislation on the Move

Some of our office’s personal legislation is gaining traction! Three of our bills have recently moved from committee: House Bill 336 “Supported Decision-Making Agreements Act,” House Bill 367 dealing with Alaska Native Corporation contaminated lands and House Concurrent Resolution 22 which names April 2018 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

We are excited for the progress on these bills and are focusing on others dealing with reforms to our criminal justice system.

Blog Post for March 4th, 2018

Sunday, March 4th, 2018


Thank you so much to all of those amazing neighbors who have participated, attended and shared their thoughts at our recent community meetings and public testimony opportunities. Whether it’s been at our meet and greet, budget testimony, or more, we have been so proud of the engagement and interest in our community.
Our office has been so grateful to meet all of the new faces, as well as catch up with those who we have enjoyed meeting before. Your input, ideas and questions are so critical in informing the decisions the Legislature makes, and truly help us guide our office in the right direction.
We hope you will all stay in touch, and reach out with any future questions or concerns. We are here to serve you!

Key Meetings Next Week

Monday March 5:

  • House Finance at 9 a.m., Operating Budget review and amendments

Tuesday March 6:

  • Senate State Affairs at 3:30 p.m., SB 196 Appropriation Limit

Wednesday March 7:

  • Lunch and Learn at 12 p.m: Alaska’s Public Safety Action Plan

Thursday March 8:

  • House Health and Social Services at 3 p.m., House Bill 336 Supported Decision-Making Agreements

Friday March 9:

  • House Finance at 1:30 p.m., Operating Budget adopt new committee substitute

Service Sports

Next week our Cougars have a relatively light schedule, except for our basketball teams who are gearing up for the 4A Cook Inlet Conference Tournament!

Girls Basketball: Our girls play their conference game on Wednesday March 7th at 6 p.m. The game will be at East High School, located at 4025 E. Northern Lights Blvd. Anchorage, AK 99508

Boys Basketball: The boys kick off their conference game also on Wednesday March 7th, but it begins at 7:30 p.m. and is hosted at Dimond High School, 2909 W. 88th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99502

ROTC: On Wednesday March 7th from 5 – 8 p.m. our Reserve Officer’s Training Corps will be undergoing their Annual Inspection. We are sure everyone will be looking sharp!

Kikkan Love

Our office continues to beam with pride for U.S. Olympic Gold medalist, and fantastic constituent, Kikkan Randall! Kikkan and teammate Jessie Diggins were on “CBS This Morning,” earlier this week to talk about their fantastic success in Pyeongchang. We couldn’t help but share!

Go Kikkan!

Watch HERE


We hope you have a great week, and please stay in touch!

Blog Post for February 23, 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Constituent Meeting on Saturday the 24th!

Tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. our office will be hosting a Meet & Greet back in Anchorage! We will have donuts, coffee and an update on what’s been happening down here in Juneau! We’ll be gathering at Little Italy (2300 E. 88th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99507).

Please bring your questions, thoughts and ideas on how we can move our state forward, improve our community and finish our work in 90 days!

We hope to see you there!


Community Council

Our office wanted to take a minute to thank our Abbott Loop Community Council for letting us call in and provide a brief legislative update! We appreciate all you do for our community, and look forward to talking to you all again next month!

Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we are including this section into our weekly blog.


  • Joint Session at 11 a.m., Annual Address by Senator Dan Sullivan
  • House Resources at 1 p.m., Presentation on House Bill 367 Native Corp. Liability for Corporation


  • House Finance at 1:30 p.m., Operating Budget Subcommittee reports and amendments
  • House State Affairs at 3:15 p.m., HCR 22 April 2018 Sexual Assault Awareness Month and other bills


  • Senate Education at 8 a.m., House Bill 214 Bree’s Law
  • House Resources at 1 p.m., Presentation Alaska Minerals Commission


  • House Health & Social Services at 3 p.m., House Bill 336 Supportive Decision-Making Agreements


  • House Finance at 9 a.m., Public Testimony on Operating Budget


Service Sports

Coming off a busy week our Service teams have a relatively low-key week ahead.

Boys Basketball: On Monday the 26th the Boys will square off against Eagle River High (at Eagle River, 8701 Yosemite Dr., Eagle River, AK 99577) from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Then on Wednesday we face West High on our home court from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball: Our Girls face the same teams, Eagle River and West, on the same days and at the same locations as the Boys, but start both of their games at 6 p.m.

In Honor of Jim Balamaci

Today I gave a special order of business on the House Floor to honor the incredible life of Jim Balamaci, former President of Alaska Special Olympics. You can view that speech by clicking on the picture of Jim below.

Jim Balamaci, former President of Alaska Special Olympics, who recently passed away

Public Testimony on the Budget

Next week the operating budget will be before the House Finance Committee. From Thursday through Saturday the Finance Committee will be taking public testimony from Alaskans on the state’s budget that will be in place from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. For residents of District 25, your opportunity to testify on the budget will be on Saturday March 3rd from 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.

You can provide testimony by calling: 907-563-9085 or send in written testimony to


February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Continued awareness and dialogue concerning issues of teen dating violence is so critical. As we begin a new month next week, let’s not forget to have those difficult but critically important discussions with our loved ones. Dating violence, no matter the age, is utterly unacceptable and as a society we must not tolerate it.

Please consider reviewing these valuable resources for more information on the issue of teen dating violence:

Bree’s Law:

Talk Now, Talk Often:

Our office is open and ready for you to share your questions, ideas and concerns! Please stay in touch this session and come visit us if you find yourself in Juneau. We are here to serve you!

Blog Post for February 2, 2018

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Session Update

This week has brought about a lot of work on the budget and other bills here in the Capitol. One of the major pieces of legislation on the move is a bill to separate funding for the Department of Education from the rest of the budget. This bill provides a stable level of funding for municipalities and districts to distribute to schools and allows communities to plan out their education spending for the coming fiscal year. While some debate exists over what account should be used to pay for the bill, general agreement exists that it will move through the process expediently.

Budget subcommittees, the small groups charged with taking the first look at each department’s budget, have been meeting for the past few weeks, and are hearing from the Executive Branch regarding successes and obstacles from the past year. Their goal is to send an updated draft of the budget by the middle of February, at which point the House Finance Committee will take a deeper dive into the budget’s details.

Our office will continue to keep you posted as important issues make their way through the legislative process. We hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts and ideas with us!

With our constituent Jennifer Aiste, who was in Juneau with the Alaska Pediatric Partnership!

Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we are including this section into our weekly blog.

Week of February 5-10th


  • House Finance at 1:30 p.m., bills on Worker’s Compensation and APOC Registration Fees on Lobbyists


  • Legislative Council at 7 a.m., Sexual and Other Workplace Harassment Subcommittee and Policy
  • House Fisheries at 11 a.m., Presentation on Permitting Process by ADF&G


  • Senate Finance at 9 a.m., Presentation on Alaska’s Debt
  • Joint Session at 11 a.m., State of the Judiciary, Address by Chief Justice Craig Stowers


  • Legislative Council at 7 a.m., Sexual and Other Workplace Harassment Subcommittee and Policy Review
  • House Community and Regional Affairs at 8 a.m., HB 269 Distillery Licensees and Service on Premise


  • Senate Finance 9 a.m., Operating Budget and Supplemental Budget for FY19


Hanshew Teacher Wins Prestigious Award!

Our office wishes to congratulate Leah Meyring for her incredible accomplishment! We have some amazing professionals and educators teaching our kids!


Visit our Schools Month

Did you know that every Tuesday in February our Anchorage School District neighborhood schools open their doors for public tours? Community members, businesses and parents are invited to visit any ASD school during the month of February to learn more about the community’s public schools. While schools welcome members of the public year-round, this coordinated effort provides parents and community members an opportunity to learn more about the many educational opportunities available. This is a great opportunity to check out what our amazing staff and students are up to!

For more information, visit


PTA Meetings!

Many of our PTAs are gearing up for their monthly meetings in the next week or two. See below for where and when they are gathering!

Abbott Loop Elementary: February 13th at 3:45 p.m. at the school

Polaris K-12: February 6th at 5:30 p.m., at the school

Trailside Elementary: February 6th at 3:45 p.m., in the library

Hanshew Middle School: February 6th at 6 p.m., in the library

Kasuun Elementary: February 14th at 4 p.m., in the library


Service Sports

Our Cougars have some big games and meets this week!

Boys Basketball: On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the boys’ varsity team faces off against rival South High on our home court!

Girls Basketball: Like the boys, the girls’ varsity team will face South High at home, but the game begins at 6:00 p.m.

Cross Country Skiing: The Ski Classic Relay is happening at Russian Jack Park on Saturday the 10th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Our office is open and ready for you to share your questions, ideas and concerns! Please stay in touch this session and come visit us if you find yourself in Juneau. We are here to serve you!

Update for January 19, 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Return of Friday Blog!

With constituent Arianna Cocallas


Happy to be in Juneau

Serving you is our office’s great honor. As we complete the first week of the 2nd Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature we want to let you know how grateful we are for your trust to represent your collective interests and vision for our great state. Though the last few years have been rather challenging for our entire state, we are truly optimistic and encouraged about what 2018 has in store.

Oil prices continue to rise – boosting state revenues and making projects more economical daily. Production through the Trans Alaska Pipeline System has increased two years in a row, and is set for a record third year of increase. Billions of barrels of new oil have been discovered on the North Slope, and many companies are planning extensive exploration programs this winter. The recession hopefully seems to be levelling off – with fewer jobs projected to be lost this year than in the previous two years. Our tourism industry smashed visitor records in 2017, and 2018 is projected to be even better. Mineral prices are up and the future for mining is shining bright like the many precious metals we have in Alaska. Fisherman from South East to Dutch Harbor are enjoying higher prices for their catch, and in Bristol Bay record numbers of wild sockeye salmon are returning.

However, not everything is bright and rosy. As too many of you have experienced first-hand, crime is out of control and a destructive opioid epidemic is sweeping across Alaska. State government still faces a multi-billion-dollar deficit, and our traditional savings accounts have been depleted as a result of our decrease in revenue.

For these reasons we are focused on increasing tools and support for our public safety and law enforcement community. Wise use of our state’s incredible assets, combined with targeted reductions in state government, will enable us to close the budget deficit this year and provide stability for the economy for years to come.


Key Meetings Next Week

As part of our efforts to keep you informed and abreast of what is happening in Juneau, we will be incorporating a new section into our weekly blog focused on key meetings occurring the following week.

Week of January 22-26th


Senate Finance at 9 a.m., 2017 Fall Revenue Forecast Presentation

House Resources at 1 p.m., House Bill 288 – new oil tax legislation


Senate Finance at 9.m., Permanent Fund Corporation Overview

House Finance at 1:30 p.m., House Bill 286/285 – budget overview by Legislative Finance


House Education and Early Development at 8 a.m., K-12 education budget overview and funding for school districts

House Resources at 1 p.m., Alaska Gasline Development Corporation overview of the AKLNG Project


House Education at 12 p.m., Workforce Readiness Presentation by Microsoft

Senate Labor and Commerce at 1:30 p.m., How do we best train Alaskans for jobs – presentation by various industries


House Education and Early Development at 8 a.m., K-12 funding and K-12 support services

Senate Resources at 3:30 p.m., Alaska’s oil production forecast


Community Council

Next week our favorite community council in Anchorage, the Abbott Loop Community Council, is hosting its monthly meeting! On Thursday the 25th the community will gather at Abbott Loop Elementary School from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. An update from community leaders, along with a discussion of the proposed area wide solution to our roads, trails and drainage issues as described in the Hillside District Plan will occur.

If you need more information, or can’t make the meeting but want to review what occurred we suggest you contact Bruce Roberts ( the President of the Council, or check out their website found here!


Service Sports

Cougar athletes have a busy week ahead of them! From basketball to hockey it is going to be an exciting week! Here’s the schedule for our Varsity teams:

Boys Hockey:

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. vs West High, located at Ben Boeke Indoor Ice Arenas, 534 E 16th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

Boys Basketball:

Monday at 7:30 p.m. vs Dimond High, located at Dimond High School, 2909 W 88th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99502

Girls Basketball:

Monday at 6 p.m. vs Dimond High, located at Dimond High School, 2909 W 88th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99502

Cross Country Skiing:

Saturday at 11 a.m., Skiathlon Relay, located at Kincaid Park, 9401 Raspberry Rd, Anchorage, AK 99502


With Girdwood born, Canadian Olympic Figure Skater, Keegan Messing


As we mentioned in our brief update earlier this week, our office is open and ready for you to share your questions, ideas and concerns! Please stay in touch this session, and come visit us if you find yourself in Juneau. We are here to serve you!

Welcome to Juneau Update

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Welcome to Juneau Update

Good morning from rainy Juneau! We hope you and your family had a wonderful New Year and safe holiday season. Our office has officially settled into the Capitol city and today marks the start of 2nd Regular Session of the 30th Alaska Legislature.

This year, our office is looking forward to digging into our state’s budget for the coming year, and finding ways to streamline state services and operate more efficiently. Additional priorities include increasing tools for those providing public safety services, supporting growth in our private sector, and helping our economy rebound from the state’s recession. We are optimistic that with our bond rating increasing, rising oil prices and increasing development and exploration, Alaska will come back stronger than ever after this period of economic struggle. We will keep you posted as these issues are discussed during this session.

Here’s a quick reminder of the team working in the Millett Office:

Grace, our Chief of Staff

Hans, our Policy Aide

Sarrah, our Office Manager

All three are returning staff, and are here to serve you!

As the legislative session gets underway, we want to ensure you have the right resources to stay in touch with us. Our session contact is as follows:

Phone: 907-465-3879


Address: State Capitol Room 404 Juneau AK, 99801

You can follow us along on social media as usual!




Likewise, below are some helpful bits of information on how to get around the Legislature’s site, ways to participate in public testimony and more!

How to use BASIS

How bill becomes law

Public testimony opportunities

Getting started with AKLEG

Guide to using INFOBASES

We will be resuming our regular weekly blog this Friday so look for that in your inbox! As always, please reach out to us if you have questions or concerns!

Christmas Greeting!

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

This week, my office would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and extend our warmest holiday greetings to you in this season of joy, hope and love. We hope that you have a safe and happy holiday season!

Have a blessed weekend, and may your Christmas be a memorable one!

All my best,

December 15 Update: Lower Hillside Town Hall Tomorrow!

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Our update this week is rather short. We simply want to invite you to our Lower Hillside Town Hall, which we are hosting with Representative Chris Birch and Senator Kevin Meyer, tomorrow morning!

Please drive safe on your way home this evening and throughout the weekend. We hope to see you in the morning!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update! We really appreciate your engagement.

Our office number in Anchorage is 907-269-0222, and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We are listening.


Thanksgiving Update!

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Good afternoon,

We hope you had a wonderful, albeit chilly, weekend and are looking forward to a wonderful Thanksgiving. Our office will be closed in observance of the holiday, and hope that you get time to surround yourself with loved ones.

Special Session Adjourns

Today, the 4th Special Session adjourned, and the Legislature returned to interim status. During this special session, the Legislature considered and passed one of the items on the Governor’s agenda, the criminal justice bill, and did not pass the remaining item, a payroll tax.
As we’ve detailed in previous updates, the criminal justice bill, Senate Bill 54, passed both the House and the Senate and now awaits the Governor’s signature before it can become law. While some concerns about certain provisions of the bill arose before the bill’s passage, it appears that the Department of Law has reached a solution moving forward.
The next time the Legislature convenes will be for the regular session on January 16th, 2018.

Lend a Hand This Thanksgiving

Are you and your loved ones looking for ways to share the blessings of this holiday with those in need? Here are a few opportunities for you to participate in around town:

  • Beans Cafe: Drop off items like store bought pies, whipped topping (in cans), marshmallows, canned vegetables and breakfast meats. Please deliver directly to Bean’s Cafe at 1101 E. 3rd Avenue.
  • Food Bank of Alaska: Always accepting food items at their location on 2121 Spar Avenue in Anchorage
  • AWAIC: Consider donating gifts for women and children experiencing abuse. Email for more information.
  • Salvation Army of Alaska: Help prepare and deliver meals to Older Alaskans on Thanksgiving Day. Click here for more information.

Heading into this holiday season, many opportunities exist for you to donate your time and resources. We will keep you posted in the coming weeks!


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this update! We really appreciate your engagement.

Our toll free number is 888-269-3879, and you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.