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Hello East Anchorage!

This morning, I am on my way back to Juneau for another special session on the budget. It was so great to be back home in our East Side community for a bit. Thank you to the North East Community Council for hosting the Spirit of Muldoon Picnic.  

And thank you to Anchorage Parks and Recreation and the huge crew of community volunteers for planting the Chanshtnu Muldoon Park food forest! It was incredible to get outdoors and get my hands back in the dirt. If you’ve not yet gone by to see the forest (and soon-to-come community garden and dog park), I highly recommend getting out there. It’s an incredible new asset to our community. 

One of the best parts of being home is getting to hear from Eastsiders in person. If I am back from special session in Juneau, I will be holding a constituent meeting on June 29. More details to follow. I hope to see you there! 

Do you have a neighbor doing something awesome? Have you noticed an Eastside business making a difference in our community? Did someone in your Eastside family recently win an award or recognition? If so, let us know – and we’ll celebrate them in our next newsletter and on social media! It’s always a good time to show our Eastside pride. 

Special Session Update

June 19 was the last day of the first special session. After weeks of negotiating, both chambers passed out an operating budget in time to avoid a government shutdown. 

Unfortunately, the Governor has chosen to not sign the budget and is threatening a government shutdown anyway. As a first year legislator and as an Alaskan, I am incredibly frustrated with and disappointed in the House Minority and the Governor. The Governor said he won’t sign the budget without the July 1st effective date, but he also hasn’t called on the House Minority to vote for that effective date. This is a manufactured crisis that threatens Alaskans’ livelihoods for the sake of politics. This is not leadership. 

The budget we passed was made out of compromises from both sides in both chambers. No Legislator got everything they wanted, but it was a budget that supports tourism, small business, non-profits, education, public safety, and public health—a budget that supports Alaskans. Those who voted against the budget effectively voted for a $525 PFD and risked a government shutdown. That’s a cost I, and many others, were not willing to make Alaskans pay. 

Without the necessary votes from the House Minority, the Governor called us back into another special session that starts today, June 23rd.  

Reach Out 

I love getting your emails and phone calls. Whether it’s input on the budget, requests for assistance, or ideas for legislative action, we’re here for it! 

Most recently, I’ve received emails regarding workers compensation rules, rural shipping policy and customer service, institutional regulations, road conditions, and public assistance access. We’ve responded with targeted work on constituents’ behalf, meetings with content experts to inform new legislation, and personalized resources. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out and put us to work for you. 





























 
Honored as always to serve you, 


 
Representative Liz Snyder
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