State Legislature Year in Review
By Rep. Dan Ortiz
November 19, 2019
While we were able to hold fast on funding for departments like Fish & Game and Education, the Marine Highway System faced unprecedented cuts. During the interim, I have been focused on re-establishing the AMHS link to Prince Rupert. I will continue to push this issue until we see a long-term commitment by the Alaska Department of Transportation to keep Southeast connected.
New sources of revenue were not addressed, and funding for the budget continues to come predominately from our oil resources and a portion of the Permanent Fund Earnings. I am an advocate for policies that will promote as large of a dividend as possible while maintaining funding for essential government services and allowing for growth in the overall value of the Permanent Fund itself.
Our democracy works best when people stay engaged and informed, so thank you in advance for your involvement. I’ve created a short survey that can be found online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2NFDXCH. It provides information on our current fiscal situation and will help better inform me as I make decisions for the district next year.
My number one priority is to make myself available to you in order to hear your concerns and viewpoints. Now is the perfect time to reach out – the Governor’s budget will be published by December 15th and Legislative session will start on January 21st. As always, feel free to email me at Rep.Dan.Ortiz@AKLeg.gov or call my office at (907) 247-4672.
Rep. Dan Ortiz
Received November 15, 2019 - Published November 19, 2019
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