There is a lot of concern right now about services that are now in jeopardy after the Senate released their proposed budget cuts. As we have said all session, more cuts are going to jeopardize critical services.
The Senate majority’s proposed budget makes dramatic and damaging cuts to: Pre-K for at-risk children, K-12 public education, efforts to decrease domestic violence and sexual assault, front line social workers for abused children, public health, the University of Alaska and, as so many of you have noticed, vital services for seniors including Pioneer Homes.
My colleagues and I in the House will continue to fight for funding to seniors, schools, and social programs that people in our state need most in times like these. Budget cuts hurt people, and they make recessions worse by increasing job loss. All of these cuts can be reversed if the Senate recognizes that we need to generate more revenue through a sustainable fiscal plan.
I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to fight for a fair and balanced fiscal plan that protects jobs and vital services to people in need. Please continue to reach out with your concerns and innovative ideas.