Mat-Su legislators convene nonprofit leaders
The State of Alaska budget, roads and public safety remain top concerns, according to members of the Mat-Su legislative delegation who met with local nonprofit leaders during a convening hosted at the Mat-Su Health Foundation on January 14.
Senator David Wilson organized the meeting, and Senator Shelley Hughes and Representative David Eastman were also in attendance.
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More than 40 MSHF grantees listened as the legislators shared their plans for the upcoming legislative session and asked questions about subjects varying from prisoner recidivism to education to opportunities for new revenue sources to help balance the state’s budget.
Senator Hughes described upcoming legislation form Governor Dunleavy that put renewed emphasis on reading in public schools. She described programs implemented in other states that dramatically increased the number of children who were reading at grade level.
Alaska struggles in this area, and Hughes said the new program would have long-term positive effects by reducing the number of children who as adults end up on Medicaid and public assistance and/or behind bars. Governor Dunleavy formally announced the Alaska Reads Act in a press conference on January 15 in Anchorage.
Elizabeth Ripley is the Chief Executive Officer of the Mat-Su Health Foundation.