Mat-Su Citizens voice concerns to lawmakers ahead of legislative session

Published: Jan. 5, 2020 at 3:30 PM AKST
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In Wasilla Saturday, citizens turned out to make their voices heard as lawmakers prepare for a new legislative session to begin in just over two weeks.

"There's been a lot of talk of concern about the bond reimbursement disappearing from the state. Please don't do that," one citizen told lawmakers. "To lose that bond reimbursement would be very detrimental to the school district in this area and to our kids. I would ask that you, please, for that bond reimbursement, to remain or to go back to where it was some years ago."

Many citizens in attendance told the group of republican senators and representatives that they want a cut budget, spending caps, and a full permanent fund dividend in the coming legislative session.

Others asked lawmakers to do more to address corruption in state agencies.

"What have we done to correct the idea of corruption within the state system? Because that's where our budgetary problems really lie. I don't think we've done anything," said another citizen speaking to lawmakers. "I honestly don't think so and I'm not sure what all the reasons are, but I can tell you it's because you're not addressing it. There are ways to do it."

The second regular session of the 31st Legislature is set to begin on Tuesday, January 21st.

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