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ANCHORAGE: In response to Rep. Lynn Gattis’s defense of drastic budget cuts to low-income senior benefits, Casey Steinau, Chair of the Alaska Democratic Party issued the following statement:

“Representative Lynn Gattis says those seniors living on a fixed income should just move. What’s next? Ask seniors to pay for a wall to keep them from returning to Alaska?

“Her remarks show Republicans have the wrong priorities. Gattis is on record supporting the closing of rural schools which will lead to the destruction of many of Alaska’s villages. Now she wants to simply kick senior Alaskans to the curb and send them packing.

“We should honor our seniors who continue to contribute to our state. Alaska seniors add $2.4 billion to the state’s economy annually. Democrats understand that cuts need to be made in order to fix our multibillion dollar deficit. But we cannot cut the budget on the backs of seniors, many of whom came here seeking opportunity and a better future for themselves and their families. Their hard work helped build Alaska and we have a duty to honor their commitment to Alaska.