Federal stimulus checks, the PFD, a legislative update, a fun throwback and more...
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March 19, 2021
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Winter is not quite done with us yet! Even in Juneau we've gotten a lot of snow this week. I hope you're enjoying our final stretch of winter sports before spring. Marta and I send our love and hope that you all stay safe out there.
Whatever the weather, I want to hear from you! Please feel free to email me (mailto:[email protected]
) anytime or call my office at 907-465-3879 (tel:907-465-3879) to share your thoughts and concerns.
As always, I'm honored to serve you and I hope you have a restful weekend!
PFD Applications Due Soon
The filing deadline is 11:59PM on March 31st.
Complete the online application in minutes here ([link removed]) OR print a paper application ([link removed]) here ([link removed]) and postmark it to Alaska Department of Revenue, PO Box 110462, Juneau, AK 99801-0462, no later than March 31st.
Don't Forget to Vote Before April 6th!
WHEN: Submit your ballot by 8pm on April 6th for the 2021 Municipal Election.
HOW: Ballots were mailed out to all registered Anchorage voters earlier this week. You can return yours by mail or use one of the many drop boxes around Anchorage ([link removed]) . Additionally, options are available for you to vote by email, fax, or in-person ([link removed]) .
WHAT'S ON THE BALLOT? Anchorage Mayor, School Board, Service Area Board of Supervisors, ([link removed]) and 11 spending propositions ([link removed]) . Find your sample ballot here ([link removed]) .
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? Call 907-243-8683 or see the Municipality's FAQs ([link removed]) .
I have several bills that have been making their way through the legislative process this session. Here are some details about two of them:
Senate Bill 21 ([link removed]) helps paramedics in Alaska by consolidating their oversight and licensing under one state agency instead of split between two. Paramedics are a crucial part of the first responder and medical communities, and I am excited to help make their jobs a little easier.
The bill was voted out of its last Senate committee on Monday and will now go to the Senate floor to be voted on.
Senate Bill 22 ([link removed]) allows the State of Alaska to continue leveraging Federal dollars to maintain healthy populations of moose, caribou, and other big game for Alaskans to put in their freezers. The bill passed the Senate with resounding support last Wednesday and now goes to the House of Representatives.
You can watch my Senate Floor speech here:
Everyone Now Eligible for Vaccines
Everyone over the age of 16 who wants to be vaccinated is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health and Social Services warns that appointment slots are limited, but that more are added regularly.
You can find more information or book an appointment here ([link removed]) .
Federal Stimulus Payment Info
While Alaska still has snow, the federal government is making it rain with a third round of COVID-19 stimulus payments approved earlier this month by Congress. Taxpayers will receive up to $1,400 ([link removed]) (based on income) for themselves and each of their claimed dependents, including qualifying dependents over 17.
Most people will automatically receive their payment through direct deposit or in the mail as a check or debit card in the next few weeks. If you have any concerns, the IRS maintains a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions here ([link removed]) .
Many have questioned the fiscal responsibility and long-term effects of the federal government printing over $1 trillion and flooding it into the economy. Some believe such a move will cause inflation, driving prices up, and lowering the purchasing power of a dollar. These are valid concerns.
As our governments face these big fiscal questions, I encourage you to make sure your future garden has water. Marta and I thoroughly enjoyed taking personal finance classes together at our church several years ago. I imagine we will find a refresher course to attend soon; it was that much fun.
These classes brought us closer together as a family and caused us to focus more on healthy personal finance practices. We now save for emergencies, limit our unsecured debt, and invest in the things we know we'll need in the future. Plus, it gave us the opportunity to teach our kids healthy financial practices. After all, our children are the future.
I say all this not only as an idea for a worthwhile family activity, but also as encouragement to you to make sure your financial garden is watered for the future. It is a learning process for sure, but an incredibly valuable one.
To finish off this newsletter, here is a little throwback to me in the 80s feeding a whale. I have to say, I'm a little jealous of my younger self right now.
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