September 22, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT: Sen. Berta Gardner responds to Gov. Walker’s call for the fourth special session

Today Alaska Senate Democratic Leader Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) released the following statement regarding Governor Walker’s call to the legislature’s fourth special session.

“Once again the legislature has a chance to get it right. As we head to Juneau, I hope each of my colleagues pauses to fully absorb and understand what is at risk for our state if we do not act on the next step of a fiscal plan. This is about practicality, about doing the best thing for the state, and about not being stonewalled by ideology. We don’t have much time left, and we must in good conscience do what needs to be done.

“In addition to fiscal matters, I was pleased to see that the Governor has added the polishing of the crime bill to our call. Safety of our people is of utmost priority, and that means having the sense to maintain those things which will make our state safer in the long run, and acknowledging the troubled spots that need to be fixed. We must keep cool heads and not throw out the baby with the bathwater. We all want the same thing in the end, and careful study, willingness to listen, and leaving politics out of it is the way to get there.”

Members of the press with questions may contact the Press Secretary for the Alaska Senate Democratic Caucus, Jeanne Devon, at 907-465-5319.