SENATOR BERTA GARDNER RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR’S PROPOSED BUDGET
ANCHORAGE – Today, Senator Berta Gardner (D-Anchorage) released the following statement on the Governor’s proposed budget and legislative priorities:
“I am heartened to see the Governor’s budget acknowledge Alaskans do not feel safe in their homes and communities. The Senate Democrats have been advocating for increased public safety and appreciate that the Governor is adding more troopers, drug offense prosecutors, criminal investigators, and adding grants to address substance abuse treatment. These are all good steps to increase our security and improve lives.
“I applaud his efforts and innovative ideas including biennial budgets to increase certainty in state services, using per-diem as a tool to encourage the legislature to pass budgets in a timely manner, and creating a small, temporary payroll tax to put people back to work on deferred maintenance projects.
“However, I doubt Alaskans support taxing only working people for necessary state infrastructure while prioritizing the use of dwindling state funds to pay credits to oil and gas companies.
“We absolutely must focus on creating confidence in Alaska and predictability for families, employees, teachers, bankers, and all Alaskans. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make this a budget that reflects Alaska’s conscience.”
Members of the press with questions may contact Alaska Senate Democratic Press Secretary, Noah Hanson at 907-269-0155.
"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