Category Archives: State budget

Why no fiscal plan?

In my Chair’s Corner, I usually provide original, timely information pertinent to the Tongass Democrats, the Alaska Democratic Party and other progressive subjects of interest to our readers. Today I want to share with you a clarifying message from Alaska’s … Continue reading

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Meetings this week (6/19-6/25)

Apologies for the late update: I’m heading out of town tomorrow. We have an oddly quiet week coming up: neither the Tongass Democrats, nor the City Assembly, nor the State Legislature websites show any meetings. Naturally, this could change at … Continue reading

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report from the Juneau “Keep Alaska Open for Business” rally

As you may have heard, the Alaska State Legislature is in Special Session because they don’t have a budget passed. As a result, 17,000 State employees (including yours truly) received layoff notices, which will take effect on July 1 unless … Continue reading

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#MakeTheCall: AK Republican Senators need an earful

The State Legislature is back in session tomorrow, so today is a good day to make sure Senate Republicans feel appreciated upon their return to their offices. And by “appreciated,” I mean that they need to feel like we are watching … Continue reading

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Meetings this week (6/5 – 6/11)

Summer is here, and so naturally it is time to think about money! The City and Borough of Juneau will vote on our annual budget tomorrow, and the Legislature has less than two weeks to get a budget passed for … Continue reading

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the free ride is over, Senate Republicans

I’ve heard that there are still Republican Senators running around telling people: “The Senate is the only thing standing between you and an income tax!” Let’s break that down and decode what they’re really saying.

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Meetings this week (5/29 – 6/4)

This week the Tongass Democrats have our monthly business meeting on Thursday, and the CBJ Assembly has an important Finance Committee meeting where they will consider the future of the Juneau Public Library’s outreach funds (Action Alert). Meeting locations, dates, and … Continue reading

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Chair’s Corner: key take-aways from Rep. Parish’s Town Hall on the State budget

If you want to guarantee a sunny evening in Juneau, schedule a town hall meeting! Last Tuesday night, Representative Justin Parish (a Democrat serving House District 34 in the Juneau valley) hosted a town hall meeting with guest speaker Randy … Continue reading

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Republicans own Alaska’s deficit

One of the major Republican talking points is that they are the fiscally conservative party, the one that insists on people taking responsibility for their own actions. So why aren’t they stepping up and accepting responsibility for Alaska’s deficit?

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Meetings in the week of May 7, 2017

There are no Tongass Democrats meetings this week, but Tuesday is shaping up to be a very busy day, with two public testimony opportunities at the Legislature, an important Town Hall on the budget by Rep. Parish (see the Action … Continue reading

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