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Sounding Board: Legislature Goes Long

The state capitol building in Juneau in May 2003. Photo: Kenneth John Gill, Wikimedia Commons.

This week’s episode of Sounding Board, “Legislature Goes Long,” is now over. But a huge thank you to all our listeners this morning, and to Senator Donny Olson and Representative Neal Foster for joining us amid a busy session to share insight on what’s going on in Juneau.

We’d also like to thank Betsy in Nome for sharing her thoughts on education funding, and Sue in Nome for calling in to urge Senator Olson to “hang tough” on healthcare reform. You can listen to the full show above. Join us next week, same time, same place, for another episode of Sounding Board.


The legislative session is in overtime as lawmakers wrestle with budget cuts and dipping into to the state’s savings. But even now, as they work through a special session called by Governor Bill Walker, there are plenty of loose ends to tie up as as the state grapples with a multi-billion-dollar budget gap.

That could mean cuts to education, services, and more. And it will impacts laws ranging from marijuana, sexual abuse prevention, healthcare, and more.

  • How should Alaska tackle its more than $3 billion budget shortfall?
  • What do you think should be cut? And what do you think must be preserved?
  • On bills that have passed this session: what’s passed that works, and what’s failed that should have made it through?
  • Are your elected officials representing your needs in the halls of Juneau?

We’ll be joined by lawmakers from our region, Representative Neal Foster and Senator Donny Olson, who will be joining live to hear your concerns and answer your questions.

1 Comment

  1. lawrence tumbler on April 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Well they could have used all that money they are putting in their purses for this special session. they could have used it to funds educations and rural communttee needs.