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!
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 www.asdk12.org
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
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!