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Special Session & Public Safety
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well.
 
This weekend, I will be returning to Juneau to attend another special session. There we will be considering two bills that the governor has placed before us: SB54, a bill to fix some of the issues found in the major criminal justice reform bill SB91, and a yet-to-be named payroll tax bill
 
First, my thoughts on SB54: I am extremely concerned about the increases in some crimes around Anchorage, and I have been listening to law enforcement, prosecutors, other experts, and my constituents to find out what is happening in our community and what can be done to help. What I’ve heard is that an economy in recession, a burgeoning opioid epidemic, reduced budgets for troopers, prosecutors and the courts, and some impacts from SB91 (not enough deterrence for some crimes, and insufficient funding and poor timing for some crime reduction programs) are likely to blame for the increases in crime. Whatever the causes, I am committed to finding solutions that keep our neighborhoods and Alaskans safe, and that deal with crime at its root, which includes treatment, strong supervision for people on probation and parole, and stricter sentences in some cases. No bill is perfect, but SB54 addresses some of my main concerns (penalties for first-time class C felonies, repeated low-level thefts, and violations of conditions of release), and I hope that more solutions will come out as we work through the legislative process.
 
Reducing crime and increasing the safety and security of our neighbors is yet another reason why we need a comprehensive fiscal plan. Public safety costs money. I dislike taxes, but I’d rather pay some tax than be robbed in my home or have my car stolen. We can’t cut our way to safe and healthy communities.
 
That being said, I don’t like the governor’s proposed payroll tax. It hits middle and working-class people harder than it does high income earners, and its regressive nature harms the economy more than a progressive tax would. In any event, I don’t believe this tax has much chance of passing the Senate since the Senate Majority has taken the position that reductions to the Permanent Fund dividend are the only new source of revenue they are interested in.
 
As I head to Juneau, and while I’m there, I’d like to hear from you. Please reach out to me and my office at any time. Hearing from you helps me better represent you.

Proudly representing Muldoon and JBER,

 


Gabrielle
 
GABBING WITH GABBY
October 28, 2017 (tentative due to Special Session; I will confirm the week of October 23rd)
Come by Flo's Pancake House (335 Muldoon Road) on Saturday, October 28th, from 10 to 11 a.m. for "Gabbing with Gabby". Let me know about your thoughts on SB54, or just come by to catch up. Coffee is on me!
Want to give some holiday cheer to our service members stationed overseas? Then consider contributing to Operation: Frosty Warrior. This program by the Armed Services YMCA Alaska sends care packages to Alaskan troops who are deployed during the holidays. $50 sponsors a care package or you can create your own. You can contribute here
Due to a couple scary incidents around Anchorage, here are some safety guidelines put out by the Anchorage School District related to walking to school.
The Anchorage firefighters kicked off their fundraising for "Operation Warm", which provides new coats to Anchorage students in need. These coats keep our kids warm and show that we care about them! Contribute here
Looking for work? Here are some training opportunities that might help!
APICC - http://apicc.org/ and 
Northern Industrial Training - https://www.nitalaska.com/
Photos and Events from around the neighborhood
I presented a number of citations to Alaskans and Alaskan organizations. It is an honor to recognize these incredible folks for their contributions to our state! Clockwise from top: JBER 673d Civil Engineer Squad; 477th Fighter Group 10th Anniversary at JBER; Habitat for Humanity Anchorage; 477th Fighter Group's NCO of the Year Michela Infantino; and 477th Fighter Group's TSgt Christian San Juan. 
I've been listening to law enforcement, prosecutors, the public, and other criminal justice experts to learn more about crime in Anchorage and what we can do to stop it. These photos are from House Finance subcommittee hearings on public safety agency budgets, and a House Judiciary Committee hearing on SB54. 
It was great to catch up with Cindy Calzada at the ASEA 30th Anniversary event. These hard working public employees keep our state going!
Ways to Contact Me: 
Email: Rep.Gabrielle.LeDoux@akleg.gov
Web: www.GabrielleLeDoux.com

Anchorage Office
(Interim) 
1500 W Benson Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone: 907-269-0216
Juneau Office 
(Session)
Alaska State Capitol 216
Juneau, Alaska 99801
Phone: 907-465-4998
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Representative Gabrielle LeDoux · 716 West 4th Avenue Suite # 611 · Anchorage, AK 99501 · USA

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