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CATHY MUÑOZ

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Juneau, AK 99801-1182
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March 27, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

With 23 days to go, things are moving quickly. The Senate is closing out the operating budget and has revised some of the House’s budget numbers. We are analyzing the changes and the effects on our community. Beginning Monday, March 30, the Senate Finance Committee will hear public testimony from Juneau from 1:30-3pm.

Personal Legislation
HB 146 passed the House of Representatives this morning! This bill will give municipalities the option to provide an incentive to develop land for housing by exempting, for up to five years, a property tax increase associated with subdivision of property into three or more parcels. The Affordable Housing Commission and the Southeast Alaska Homebuilder’s Association brought this issue to our attention.

 HB 41 in House Finance had a hearing this week and will be brought back up on Wednesday for committee discussion. HB 41 re-establishes the sport fishing guide and operator licenses which sunsetted on December 31, 2014.

HB 143 will be heard in House Finance on Tuesday. This bill authorizes the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to consider issuance of bond financing for a hydroelectric project at Sweetheart Lake. The project would benefit Juneau with increased energy capacity and the delivery of hydropower to the Kensington Gold Mine.

HB 158 establishes an environmental fee of one cent a gallon on refined fuel sold, transferred, or used in the state. The revenue generated by this surcharge would help to fund oil spill prevention and clean-up. The bill will receive a second hearing next Wednesday in House Finance.

Coffee with Cathy!
Coffee, tea, pastries, and cookies will be provided. The constituent meeting will take place this Sunday, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm, in the Nugget Mall community room across from Hearthside Books. Hope to see you there!

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As always, please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
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Cathy Muñoz
Alaska State Representative
District 34

Email: Rep.Cathy.Munoz@akleg.gov

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March 25, 2015

Rep. Cathy Muñoz to hold constituent meeting at the Nugget Mall community room
Sunday, March 29, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Juneau, Alaska – Juneau Representative Cathy Muñoz will hold a constituent meeting and legislative update this Sunday at the Nugget Mall.

Billed as “Coffee with Cathy,” the event is for those who want to discuss issues facing the Alaska Legislature or other concerns.

Coffee, tea, pastries, and cookies will be provided by Abby’s Kitchen.

The meeting will take place in the Nugget Mall community room across from Hearthside Books.

It will take place Sunday, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

For more information, call 465-3744.

Rep  Cathy MunozREPRESENTATIVE
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March 13, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Yesterday the House of Representatives passed Fiscal Year 2016 statewide operating and mental health budgets (HB 72 & 73). The House Finance Committee version of the budget reduces agency operations by 10 percent over last year and $229 million less in non-formula unrestricted general funds.

Some important Finance Committee amendment highlights for Southeast include:

  • $10.8 million to the University of Alaska state-wide to restore 75 of the 178 cut positions
  • $645 thousand to fund operations of the Southeast Forestry office, including three positions in Ketchikan and one position in Juneau
  • $530 thousand for statewide youth courts
  • $2.5 million for the Construction Academies which support career education for youth and adults including the JDHS Home Construction Program
  • $6 million for the Marine Highway System which includes $700 thousand of general fund dollars, shifting $3.5 million from Services, Commodities, and Fuel to lessen the impact of service levels, and the authority to raise $1.8 million in revenue through a 4.5% fare increase. If the intent of the amendment is followed, funds from those components will be shifted into personal services (ferry operations). This could restore four of the six service cuts.
  • APOC office to remain open in Juneau
  • $1.5 million restored for public broadcasting

There is still more work to be done and difficult times require difficult choices. Medicaid reform and expansion, and education funding are still on the table. It is important to stay engaged through the rest of the process as the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. To the left are some links to help you track the bill through the process and ways in which you can continue to have your voice heard.

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As always, please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.
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Cathy Muñoz
Alaska State Representative
District 34

Email: Rep.Cathy.Munoz@akleg.gov

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news letter photoJuneau Delegation presenting a Legislative Citation to Juneau resident Joe Tomkins

February 27, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Today marks the 39th Legislative day and it has been a busy week at the Capitol.

Budget
The Operating Budget Subcommittees closed out this week and the full Finance Committee will be hearing public testimony on the Operating Budget bill (HB 72) next week. You can find detailed reports from budget subcommittee closeouts here and detailed breakdowns of the proposed deleted positions from the governor’s budget here.Beginning Tuesday, March 3 the Finance Committee will hear public testimony from Juneau from 1-3:30pm. A full listing of times and community testimony can be found here. For those interested in testifying on the proposed changes, the finance committee requests the following:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to expedite the sign-in process.
  • Public testimony is limited to 2 minutes each
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the end of the allotted time period or testimony will close early
  • If you live in a community with a legislative information office, but are unable to access it during the specified time period, you may send your written testimony to the House Finance Committee via lhscfin@akleg.gov

Juneau Jobs
One of my highest priorities throughout the budget process is to prevent disproportionate cuts to our region. Three Commissioners have committed to living in Juneau year round and three more are seriously exploring their options regarding a permanent move to Juneau.

The Department of Administration budget subcommittee has recommended keeping the Alaska Public Office Commission open in Juneau, and Governor Walker is on board with this recommendation.

Marine Highway
The DOT budget subcommittee has recommended a $9.5 million cut to the AMHS. Some examples of how this will affect our region include the Taku, Malaspina and Kennicott taken out of service for months at a time. The fast ferries, including the one that serves Juneau, would run only four days a week, and service to Bellingham would be reduced.

We are working with members of the House Finance Committee to minimize these cuts to AMHS stressing to members the importance of this transportation lifeblood of our region.

Affordable Housing Update
St. Vincent de Paul’s Home Run Project for 41 new units of affordable housing for low-income seniors is on track. This week they are drilling for the heat pump and the project should be completed by fall of 2016.

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Please contact my office if we can be of service. Thank you again, it is an honor to represent the hard-working people of District 34.
Sincerely,
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Cathy Muñoz
Alaska State Representative
District 34

Email: Rep.Cathy.Munoz@akleg.gov

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Rep  Cathy MunozREPRESENTATIVE
CATHY MUÑOZ

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Juneau, AK 99801-1182
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February 13, 2015

Dear Friends and Neighbors, 
The 29th Legislature is well underway and the Capitol Building is busy with activity. Here is a brief update:

Budget
The Governor’s amended operating budget was released on February 5 with proposed reductions of 249 positions. Many are currently vacant and we are working to prevent disproportional cuts to any one area. The Juneau Delegation recently sent a letter to the Governor urging high level jobs to relocate in the Capital City. I am also urging the Governor to reconsider the potential closure of the APOC office in Juneau.

At $1.7 billion, Medicaid is one of the fastest growing components in our budget and discussion of expansion will need to be tied to measures that reduce current costs. Adjustment of reimbursement rates and other ideas are on the table.

Legislation
One of our bills, House Bill 41—reinstating the sport fish guide program—passed out of the House Fisheries committee and is now headed to the House Finance Committee for consideration.

I had the honor of sponsoring a citiation to commemorate the service and leadership of Elizabeth Peratrovich and establish February 16, 2015 as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day. Please join us for a celebration recognizing the contributions of a great Alaskan leader on February 16, from 5:30-7:30pm at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in downtown.

Juneau Access Update
The House Transportation Committee held an overview of the Juneau Access project last Tuesday. Commissioner Luiken testified that he will recommend to Governor Walker the completion of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Completing the EIS is a key component necessary to avoid the potential $27 million payback to the Federal Highway Administration and an important next step.

Health Insurance Coverage
 This week I met with Sheldon Fisher, the new Commissioner of Administration. We discussed the Aetna contract and the importance of maintaining health benefits for current and retired state employees. The department has not finalized the contract with Aetna and continues to manage and monitor Aetna’s performance on a daily basis.

My office is your office
Please contact my office if we can be of service. Thank you again, it is an honor to represent the hard-working people of District 34.

Sincerely,
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Cathy Muñoz
Alaska State Representative
District 34

Email: Rep.Cathy.Munoz@akleg.gov

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