PRESS STATEMENT: Sen. Berta Gardner responds to Gov. Walker’s call for the fourth special session
ANCHORAGE – 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.
"The first week of the second regular session of the 30th legislature is behind us, and I am feeling mildly optimistic that Senate leadership is shifting its stance against taking action on a fiscal plan." - Senator Berta Gardner
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Martin Luther King, Jr Day gives each of us the opportunity to take a pause from our busy lives and consider how we can best remember and continue Dr. King’s legacy. What can we do to make our society more just, inclusive, and ensure everyone, no matter what they look like or where they come from, have the same opportunities for success? One way for me is working everyday to make Alaska’s education system strong and ensuring access to pre-k for all.
This article in the Washington Post from a few years back highlights the very basic importance of education in civil rights.
True equality in our society begins with equality in our school.
Let’s make this the year we pass a budget which truly represents our goals and values as Alaskans. The wealthiest and the oil industry don’t deserve a better deal than the rest of us. See my op-ed in the ADN:
The first week of the second regular session of the 30th legislature is behind us, and I am feeling mildly optimistic that Senate leadership is shifting its stance against taking action on a fiscal plan... ... See MoreSee Less