Rep. Scott Kawasaki
Rep. Scott Kawasaki

As your Representative,
I am here to listen and help. Contact me anytime.

Rep.Scott.Kawasaki
@legis.state.ak.us

 
IN JUNEAU:
Phone: (907) 465-3466
FAX: (907) 465-2937
State Capitol Rm #430
Juneau, AK 99801

IN FAIRBANKS:
Phone: (907) 456-7423
FAX: (907) 451-9293
1292 Sadler Way
(AlaskaUSA Credit Building)
Fairbanks, AK 99701
 
Toll Free: (866) 465-3466

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Governor Parnell's Fairbanks office may be reached at 451-2920, or e-mail him at sean.parnell@alaska.gov
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Congressional Delegation

Senator Mark Begich
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 328
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907) 456-0261
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Congressman Don Young
100 Cushman St., #307
Key Bank Building
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
(907) 456-0210
Email

Senator Lisa Murkowski
Fairbanks Office:
101 12th Avenue, # 329
Fairbanks, AK 99701
907-456-0233
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March 5, 2013

Dear Neighbors,

The Budget is a Moral Document

For the first half of the 90-day session, the House has been working diligently in budget subcommittees to learn the needs, challenges and areas for reductions and investments in the state Operating Budget. This budget funds stuff like troopers, parks and recreation, schools and the general, daily operations for our state. We will tackle the issue of a capital budget for roads, rails, runways and energy projects at a later time. Education, protecting our oil wealth, and ensuring adequate health and human services were some of the critical operating budget issues we have been studying.

The state budget is a moral document. It speaks to our common goals and vision that we share as Alaskans. It is a challenge to meet every need and want, so the Finance Committee sets its priorities to reflect our values.

That is why I am troubled by the state of the current budget released yesterday afternoon. This budget request dramatically cuts the things that many Alaskans value most - education and health and social services. Significant cuts to Pre-K and early education will mean young families will be forced back onto waitlists. The budget contains no new funds for school districts who will likely need to lay off teachers and increase class sizes. Finally, fewer mental health and Medicaid dollars will mean less health services for our seniors, our children and our most vulnerable populations.

The House Health & Social Services Finance Subcommittee has recommended an $8.3 million reduction to CRITICAL Behavioral Health Services

Here’s what you can do:


*CALL-IN for PUBLIC TESTIMONY

 
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 5 & 6

*SEND EMAILS TO HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE
 
MEMBERS BEFORE MARCH 6


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On the Chopping Block:

A $8,368,800 ($8.3 million) reduction in general funds for Behavioral Health Services was offered yesterday in the bill’s CS. These local, community-based services include:

* mental health treatment
* substance abuse treatment
* detox services
* services for youth with severe emotional disturbance
* supported housing
* peer support services
* suicide prevention
* tribal behavioral health services
* services for seniors with co-occurring disorders
* parent and peer navigation
* services related to domestic violence and sexual assault
* prevention and early intervention
* programs that support reunifying and keeping families together

· Behavioral Health Services support people with mental illness and substance use disorders—including seniors and people with intellectual/developmental disorders—by working with them at home and in their communities close to family and friends.

· Without community support, people with these disorders are at higher risk for institutionalized care—such as jail, psychiatric institutions, and nursing homes – which ultimately cost the state a pretty penny.

SCHEDULE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
1:30-2:30 PM – Juneau (arrive 15 minutes early to expedite the sign-in process)
2:45-3:45 PM - Cordova and Offnets (Bethel, Kotzebue, Nome, Valdez & Wrangell)
4:00-5:15 PM - Anchorage

Wednesday, March 6, 2013
1:30-2:45 PM – Fairbanks
3:00-4:00 PM - Sitka, Petersburg, Barrow, Dillingham, Unalaska, Delta Junction
4:15-5:15 PM - Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-Su, Glenallen, Tok, Seward

EMAIL HOUSE FINANCE MEMBERS TODAY:

rep.alan.austerman@akleg.gov
rep.bill.stoltze@akleg.gov
rep.mark.neuman@akleg.gov
rep.mia.costello@akleg.gov
rep.bryce.edgmon@akleg.gov
rep.les.gara@akleg.gov
rep.david.guttenberg@akleg.gov
rep.scott.kawasaki@akleg.gov
rep.lindsey.holmes@akleg.gov
rep.cathy.munoz@akleg.gov
rep.steve.thompson@akleg.gov
rep.tammie.wilson@akleg.gov

Help Build a Better Budget Today!

The House Finance Committee will begin to hear public testimony on the Operating Budget starting today, Tuesday March 5th and it is important that the public have a say in this process. We will hear from thousands of voices on nearly every budget item and use the advice to craft a budget that makes sense for our state. Communities have scheduled times for testimony.

Please note Fairbanks testimony will take place on WEDNESDAY, March 6th from 1:30pm – 2:45pm. Testimony is limited to 2 minutes per person. Arrive 15 minutes early to sign up.

Ways to testify:

1. You can send an email with your testimony directly to my email address: Rep.Scott.Kawasaki@akleg.gov and I will ensure it is submitted to the public record.

2. Call in to: 855.463.5009

3. Visit the Legislative Information Office at the AlaskaUSA Building and send a Public Opinion Message

Working Hard for Fairbanks Families,

[SIGNED]

Scott Kawasaki
Alaska State Representative
District 4 – Fairbanks

P.S. With a loud and strong public voice, we can work together to preserve the funding for some of the most critical efforts that make our state great. Please forward this information to your friends all over the state and encourage them to testify too!

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