Rep. Chris Tuck
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March 16, 2012

Operating Budget Emphasizes Future Investments

Dear Neighbors,

Last night the house passed the operating budget for 2013. Although there were several changes I would have liked, I ultimately supported this budget because of the many positive benefits it will bring to all Alaskan families.

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Budget highlights

We have expanded pre-kindergarten by adding courses at the university of Alaska to train pre-kindergarten teachers and adding funds for Best Beginnings and Alaska’s Parents as Teachers program (PAT). PAT provides voluntary training for families who want to maximize the brain development of their infants and young children. This program has been a proven success at preparing kids for entering the school system, and does so at a very low cost. I am particularly pleased about this because I have introduced legislation to make the PAT system available statewide.

We have also provided funding for University courses to meet requirements for high demand jobs in Alaska – so Alaska students can fill these Alaska jobs. These include nursing, physical therapy, engineering, veterinary medicine, marine transportation, and process technology.

We included modest funds ($200,000) to provide adequate job training, dorm space, and related help to foster children, of whom 40 percent become homeless after aging out of the state system. This ensures they have the tools they need to transition successfully into adulthood.

Additionally, we added funding to help recruit and train foster parents for special needs children—without which the state would end up paying more money by institutionalizing youth who could otherwise have a home.

The budget also utilizes federal funds to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence, which frees up space on the waiting list for Alaskans seeking housing assistance. Because the demand for housing far exceeds the available funds, this helps homeless families.

Although I would have like to have seen us inflation-proof education, supporting this budget was the right thing to do. Overall it is a good step towards making sure that our resource revenues are used for the maximum benefit of the people of Alaska, and used in such a way that we are investing wisely in the future as well as addressing our immediate needs in a fiscally responsible manner.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update. As always, I encourage you to call me any time at 269-0240, or send me an email at if you would like to share your thoughts and opinions, or if I can assist you in any other way.

I’m here for you, so please keep in touch on matters important to you and your family!

I'm here for you,

[signed] Chris Tuck
Chris Tuck
Alaska State Representative
District 29 – Anchorage

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